Early Warning Signs Of a Heart Attack or Stroke

Many physical conditions arise gradually, which gives you time to react or even plan what to do. Heart attacks and strokes, seem to come out of nowhere. But, if you know what to look for you and your doctor can take steps to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

stethoscope and heartHow common are heart disease and stroke?

Heart disease is becoming more prevalent each year and it is the leading cause of death in the United States.1 That’s not all, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

When you add it all up, heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are among the most widespread and costly health problems currently facing the country.

Fortunately, they are also among the most preventable. Early detection is certainly the best approach. Pinpointing the problem before it gets to the advanced stages makes all the difference.

How can an MRI help?

Atherosclerosis is a fancy word for a common condition in which fatty deposits clog the arteries. It’s important to detect this condition early or it can lead to bigger problems.

According to David Bluemke, MD, PhD

“MRI can find very early evidence of atherosclerosis before patients have any symptoms.”


An MRI can detect plaques on the walls of the heart’s carotid artery, to not only find existing heart disease but also to estimate the risk of future heart problems. An MRI can also help guide a treatment plan.

Catching the problem early can bring life-saving benefits.

Are you or someone you know at risk for heart disease, heart attack or stroke?

measuring risk

The leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity
  • Overweight and obesity

Be proactive to protect your health

Reach out to your doctor to determine if a diagnostics exam is right for you and to build a prevention plan today.

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