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Ask The Expert: What should a woman ask her doctor about heart disease testing?

Ask The Expert: What should a woman ask her doctor about heart disease testing? (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local health care providers say a few simple tests could help a woman learn more about her own risk for heart disease.

The radiology team at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare spent time explaining a heart test called a “CT Coronary Angiogram.”

“This is our CT scanner in the emergency room, this is a dual source, dual energy scanner and we can do anything with CT scans. [CT scans are] x-rays that take pictures like slices and lets us see into the body,” said radiologist Dr. Gary. Schmitt.

The imaging test at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare allows the team to freeze the motion of the heart and end up with an image that sheds more light on the organ.

“So, the white is the dye, and this is a curve reformat. This is one of the arteries to the heart and in this case the gray right here is a plaque that is causing a blockage,” said Dr. Schmitt.

A person with that kind of blockage can then be sent for proper intervention to open up the blockage.

It's not for everyone, but if you go to your own doctor, Dr. Schmitt suggests that you ask one key question: Is there a reason for me to worry about coronary artery disease and who might get a yes?

“Someone with high cholesterol that has a medical history, a chest pain, someone that has heartburn from esophagus or heart,” said Dr. Schmitt.

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