Level of Heart Attack Risk and Intensity of Medical Treatment

You and your physician should determine, in advance, your likelihood for a heart attack, stroke, sudden vascular death, angina, stent or bypass surgery because appropriate medical therapy can prevent all of them.

A Heart Attack in Progress

The above slide shows a heart attack in progress - a cholesterol-rich plaque that becomes unstable and subsequently ruptures causing a clot to form on top of it causing a total blockage of the artery within minutes. The same is true of a stroke except the location of the artery is in the brain instead of in the heart.

Dual Approach

The first step is risk assessment using a ten year risk assessment formula or earlier plaque detection by calcium scan. The second step is customizing an optimal medical treatment that treats all plaques to stop progression and prevent rupture.

Level of CV Risk1

There are four different levels of risk - from very high to low. Very high risk means 1 out of 3 (33%) or even 1 out of 2 (50%) chances. Low risk means 1 out of 20 or less.

Intensity of Medical Therapy1

There is a proportionality between intensity of medical treatment and level of risk. Very high risk requires very intensive medical treatment while low risk requires the least intensive medical treatment.

MRI Plaque Regression

This is what plaque regression looks like. The impossible before is now possible. Stopping and even reversing atherosclerosis is achievable.

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