The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that line the blood vessels. When these cells do not function properly, known as endothelial dysfunction, the arteries begin to lose their ability to supply more blood to the heart muscle when needed. Insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle can cause chest pain and other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, and can eventually lead to a heart attack if not properly managed.
"Getting an early diagnosis and taking preventative measures is critical in combating heart disease," said Gilad Glick, CEO, Itamar Medical. "We look forward to launching this campaign to raise awareness of arterial function and help more people gain access to a valuable test that, ultimately, gives them greater control over their heart health."
For more information on the "Don't Ignore Your EndoScore" campaign and to schedule an EndoPAT test at a participating hospital or physician's office, individuals can visit www.prevent-heartattack.com or call 1-855-PATMyHeart.
About Heart Attacks
Each year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack; of these, 525,000 are a first occurrence. Groups that are at particular risk are families with a history of heart disease, those with a previous heart attack or evidence of heart disease, and those who face tremendous workplace stress.
According to one study, if a member of your immediate family – father, mother, brother or sister – has had a heart attack before the age of 55, your risk is increased by 33 percent; if two relatives have had a heart attack, your risk is increased by 50 percent.
What most people don't realize is that a heart attack is largely preventable through early detection. Of the approximate 360,00
|SOURCE Itamar Medical|
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