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Detection and Diagnosis Key to Better Cardiovascular Health Says SCMR

National Men’s Health Month is observed annually in June with screenings, fairs and health education. It is designed to promote healthier lifestyles and encourage early detection of disease. Heart disease is a significant concern for men and long term outlooks can be improved with proper diagnosis and early detection. In recognition of National Men’s Health Month, the [Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is committed to raising awareness of cardiovascular disease and CMR, sometimes known as cardiac MRI, a medical imaging technology for the non-invasive assessment of the function and structure of the cardiovascular system

What is CMR?

CMR is a scan that lets clinicians see inside the body without having to perform surgery. The test is painless, uses no radiation and produces a detailed picture of the heart — including the chambers and valves — which is accomplished without cardiac catheterization. CMR is derived from and based on the same basic principles as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) but has been optimized for imaging of the heart and blood vessels.

Detecting Cardiovascular Disease with CMR

Although it is common to associate heart disease in men with coronary artery disease —a narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart — it is just one of a number of conditions that can affect the structure and function of the heart. Other forms of heart disease include:

  •     Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias
  •     Heart failure
  •     Heart valve disease
  •     Congenital heart disease
  •     Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
  •     Pericardial disease
  •     Aortic disease
  •     Vascular disease

Preventing heart disease and living a healthier, more active life begins by considering all of the…

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