Heart Attack Risk: How to Measure It



Have you ever spoken with a doctor about chest pains? If so, they likely performed a stress test to determine your risk of heart attack. This is standard procedure, and can be effective. But is the stress test a perfect tool? In this post, we break down the different methods for measuring heart attack risk.

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Measuring Heart Attack Risk

The traditional stress test involves running on a treadmill while attached to an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The EKG tracks your heart’s activity. The doctor measures your breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate while gradually intensifying the workout. These tests can be helpful, but they are not perfect measures of heart attack risk. Even if you pass the stress test, there may still be undetected problems.

One thing that a stress test may not find is calcium buildup. The best way to detect dangerous calcium in your arteries is with a coronary calcium scan. This test involves a CT scan (a detailed form of X-rays) on top of an EKG test. These scans can spot calcium in your arteries and help you see a clearer picture of your heart attack risk.

Other helpful resources include an Advanced Lipid Profile. These are quite affordable and can help you spot heart disease risk. There are also many useful online tools. These are no substitute for medical tests, but tools like the Mayo Clinic’s Heart Disease Risk Calculator are a good first look at your heart health. If you receive a high score on the risk calculator, it may be wise to ask your doctor for tests.

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Your heart health is a serious matter. If you are worried about it or simply want a check-up, ask your doctor to perform the relevant tests. Early detection and lifestyle changes can go a long way towards avoiding serious health problems.

As we mentioned above, individuals who cannot work due to heart disease or heart failure may be eligible for disability benefits. These benefits provide essential monthly support for people whose medical situations prevent them from earning money. Please contact us today for more information, or request your absolutely free copy of The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook. We will do our best to help you find answers to your questions.