The increasing number of heart attacks is still the leading cause of death in Germany. It occurs as a result of a disease of the coronary arteries (coronary heart disease).
Very often, the heart attack occurs all of a sudden without any previous symptoms, in men over 40, in women over 50 years. Occasionally, however, precursor symptoms can be felt as pain or pressure in the chest. The creeping and mostly symsymptomless developing vascular disease of the coronaries can be diagnosed in early stages.
With a timely check-up it is possible to prevent from a heart attack. Risks can be identified and preventive measures can be taken, seeVascular Check
The Radiology Ottobrunn offers you the calcium score, in which no contrast media is required, by means of CT. This examination, which lasts only a few minutes, serves as a screening for a coronary heart disease.
To find narrow coronary arteries, which can ultimately lead to a heart attack, we offer you the virtual cardiac catheter examination (coronary-CT-angiography) the so called cardio-CT with 3-D-images. Compared to the conventional cardiac catheter examination, this examination takes just 15 minutes and the injection of the contrast media does not occur via a katheter but via a simple Infusion in the ellbow vein. The administered contrast media volume is less and the radiation exposure usually lower.
The cardio CT is performed wit ECG -triggering. In case of tachycardia we additionally administer a beta blocker to slow down the heart rate.
Heart attack risk factors
- high fat and high caloric diet
- genetic predisposition
- high blood pressure
- elevated lipid levels
- diabetes mellitus
Are the coronary arteries treatable?
In all early arteriosclerotic stages, there is the possibility of regeneration of the vascular wall if the damaging factors such as increased hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, overweight and smoking are eliminated or avoided and measures, such as sport and healthy nutrition are implemented. In the case of advanced vascular changes, medical interventions are usually necessary to extend the diameter of the vessel and to restore blood flow.