A number of health conditions can affect your heart.
Although there are not always obvious symptoms pointing to heart disease, underlying risk factors can be identified with our extensive Health Risk Assessment report.
Coronary artery disease is a disease that affects more than 3 million Americans every year. People affected by CAD have a build-up of plaque, which is made up of a number of inflammatory substances, in the coronary arteries. Over time, if left untreated, the plaque can rupture and cause an obstruction. Depending on where the obstruction occurs and its intensity, it can lead to a heart attack and/or stroke.
A stable calcified plaque can cause chest pain (angina) and can be identified through diagnostic tests like a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. However, it is the unstable plaque (due to inflammation and other factors) that ruptures and causes a heart attack or stroke.
It is possible to identify those inflammatory vascular markers through elaborate testing and address them before a cardiovascular event takes place.