Every year .
more than 735-thousand Americans have a heart attack
and 600-thousand die from heart disease.
a breakthrough technology is helping detect heart
disease in a fraction of a second .
and saving lives.
Martie Salt has the details.
MARY RADEMACHER RAHD-ah-mahk-er KNEW SHE WAS HAVING
A PROBLEM WITH HER HEART.
I could feel my heart beating, I noticed some things
weren't quite right, I noticed some irregularity,
I would feel tired; sometimes faint.
INSTEAD OF AN INVASIVE HEART CATHETERIZATION, DOCTORS
HAD A NEW NONINVASIVE TOOL AT THEIR DISPOSAL; A 256-SLICE
IT TAKES 4-DIMENSIONAL HIGH DEFINITION IMAGES IN ABOUT
ONE-THIRD OF A SECOND, WITH ONE PASS AROUND THE HEART.
SOME OLDER SYSTEMS TAKE UP TO 16 ROTATIONS.
We have great quality images with much less radiation.
This probably might be the single most powerful test
because we are not only able to look at the plumbing
system of the heart, we can look at the whole cardiac
system, including the cardiac valves.
THE NEW SCANNER CAN SEE CALCIUM BUILDUP INSIDE THE
CORONARY, EVEN BEFORE PEOPLE HAVE SYMPTOMS.
THE IMAGING RULED OUT BLOCKAGE.
MARY'S ARRHYTHMIA WAS FIXED WITH MEDICINE AND A MINOR
It is a life saver, and it's so simple.
It does save lives because if you do find early plaque
formations, calcium buildup, we are able to identify
early coronary artery disease.
LEADING TO LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT CAN REDUCE CORONARY
ARTERY DISEASE AND SAVE LIVES.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.