I had a lovely supper last night with DeeJay and of course part of the conversation turned to “my condition”, and how I was progressing and why hadn’t I been for a walk the past two days – it was raining, stupid! [I will however go today, even if I am rather busy sorting other stuff out.]
Anyway, in my feed this morning, up popped this trailer to a video which I’ve purchased for pennies and which I’ve prompted the family to watch. I thought it a reasonable thing to do, to share it on the blog.
Essentially this clip tells the story of how a simple and relatively inexpensive, and totally reliable diagnostic and predictive CHD test – the CAC scan – is not being used because the money in medicine in the US follows interventionist diagnostics and practice. As the US leads the world, so the practice follows the US. Scary!
PS A number of recent US Presidents (don’t know about Trump though) have had a CAC (or CT) Scan and I believe it’s standard practice for astronauts – makes you think … if it’s good enough for them …
PPS If you’ve the time, you might like to follow these links too:
https://patient.info/doctor/coronary-artery-calcium-score – a fair article that presents the case that not everyone (including probably me) would benefit from a CAC Scan
http://www.auntminnie.com/index.aspx?sec=ser&sub=def&pag=dis&ItemID=62977 – an interesting article that opens up the debate between whether Bill Clinton could have avoided bypass surgery if he’d had a CT Scan as well as the stress tests which he passed regularly whilst in office.
http://www.mrict.com/heartscan.asp – another US article that explains why and when you might wish to have a CT Scan.
https://emediahealth.com/2012/05/07/lowering-ct-heart-scan-calcium-score-and-heart-attack-risk-via-diet-and-supplement-changes/ – what do you do when you have an indication that you need to change your lifestyle because of a high CAC reading.