Special examination for smokers
Risk testing for cardiovascular disease, MSCT lung scanner and MSCT heart scan – coronary calcium scan
If you are a smoker or a former smoker, tobacco has certainly left consequences on your body. Smoking adversely affects almost all organs, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, oral cavity, reproductive organs, bones, bladder and digestive organs. According to certain data, every fifth death is a consequence of complications of chronic exposure to tobacco smoke.
Toxins from tobacco smoke damage blood cells and the interior of blood vessels and accelerate the development of atherosclerosis. Over time, atherosclerosis can lead to narrowing of blood vessels and a reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
Advanced atherosclerosis of the blood vessels of the heart can be manifested by complications such as: chest pain, angina pectoris, heart attack, chronic heart failure and heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias).
Any number of cigarettes, even occasional consumption, damages blood vessels. In passive smoking, regardless of the fact that a person does not smoke cigarettes, passive inhalation of tobacco smoke also introduces harmful substances. This is especially important to know for people who live or work with smokers, due to chronic exposure to tobacco smoke.
Your best decision today – Quit smoking.
Until you set a cessation date, it is advisable to perform certain examinations and laboratory tests more often than non-smokers.
Cardiologists of the Pulse Cardiology Center will monitor the warning signs of smoking-related diseases during the examination.
Pulse Cardiology Center, in accordance with the needs of patients, offers several carefully created cardiac examinations:
- Total heart examination
- Preoperative cardiac evaluation
- Special examination for smokers
- Cardiovascular risk assessment
A health examination intended for smokers will determine the basic parameters that are affected by smoking. With careful selection, we have prepared important medical tests as part of the Special Examination for Smokers.
What does Special Smoker Examination mean?
A special examination for smokers includes a risk test for cardiovascular disease, MSCT lung scanner and MSCT heart scan – coronary calcium scan.
At the Pulse Cardiology Center, the foundation of preventive cardiology begins with knowing the patient’s basic risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). After assessing the risk factors, the doctor informs the patient about the best ways to reduce the risk, whether it is a matter of lifestyle management or a decision on the inclusion and intensity of pharmacological therapy.
Smoking in itself is harmful enough, and if it is associated with other risk factors – elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, etc. the risk of developing the disease is further increased.
The Pulse Cardiology Center performs a cardiovascular risk assessment for:
Medical tests for smokers: CT scan of the lungs
Low-dose computed tomography or CT scanners are computer-processed X-rays (7 mSv radiation) that provide better diagnostic images, allowing doctors to detect problems, such as lung cancer, at earlier stages than with ordinary X-rays.
Early diagnosis of lung cancer can save lives, because surgery is often still possible in the early stages.
By the time they are discovered, 85% of lung cancers cannot be treated surgically – and surgery is the best treatment we have for treating lung cancer.
People with stage 1 lung cancer have a survival rate of 60% -70% five years after surgery. Later stages have only a 5% -30% survival rate.
Even if you have stopped smoking, you should take a test.
If you are a smoker over the age of 40 or have a history of at least 20 years of nicotine consumption (20 cigarettes a day for 20 years or 40 cigarettes a day for 10 years), you should do a CT scan, whether or not you still smoke.
Medical tests for smokers: CT scan of the heart
A heart scan, also known as a coronary calcium scan, is a specialized X-ray test that provides images of your heart that can help your doctor detect and measure plaque in your arteries that contains calcium.
Plaque inside the arteries of your heart can grow and restrict blood flow to the heart muscle. Measuring calcified plaque with a heart scan can allow your doctor to identify possible coronary artery disease before you have any signs or symptoms.
Your doctor will use the test results to determine if you need medication or lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of heart attack or other heart problems.
Heart disease prevention
The basic way to prevent heart problems caused by tobacco smoke is to avoid smoking and passive exposure to tobacco smoke and regular check-ups.
- Stop smoking today!
- Set the end date.
- Tell family, friends and colleagues that you plan to give up.
- Anticipate and plan the challenges you will face as you give up.
- Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car and workplace.
- Talk to your doctor about seeking help to quit smoking
Examination for smokers price
The price of a special examination for smokers is 27,500 dinars. The price includes cardiologist examination, ECG, MSCT of the lungs, MSCT of coronary calcium.