June 2010 - My Heart
These images will undoubtedly rank as some of the most unrecognizable ones of me posted on this web site. They are pictures of my heart, scanned this spring through a GE Imatron Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) Scanner. The device is an outgrowth of the CT Scanner that we explored in our CT Scan video available in full broadcast quality on the anti-aging DVD "Reverse Aging Now." This EBT machine was specifically developed to acquire images fast enough to freeze a beating heart. More importantly in light of the recent CT Scan overdoses that afflicted patients at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, this scanner produces only about 20% of the ionizing radiation that is typically generated by a CT scanner.
The yellow shows calcium. Besides the rib cage, do you see any in the heart? It looks good, doesn't it? I'll quote directed from the accompanying report, adding emphasis where appropriate:
Mr. Paul M. J. Suchecki is a 55 year old man with no cardiac symptoms. His current stress level is average. He is an ex-smoker. He has a family history of hypertension and heart disease... The total calcium score is 0, which means that you have no measurable calcified plaque in your coronary arteries. This is the best possible result. Only 5% of individuals of your age and gender have a calcium score of 0. (Percentile data courtesy of J. Hoff, et al Am J Cardiol 2001; 87; 1335-1339 – analysis of 35,246 adults.)
A score of zero indicates that there is no calcified plaque burden. This implies that there is no significant coronary artery narrowing and a very low likelihood of a cardiac event over at least the next 3 years...The patient's body mass index (BMI) is 25.9. A BMI >25 and <30 is classified as overweight. This is a modifiable risk factor and modest weight loss is suggested... Management at this time through diet and exercise should be encouraged as the primary method of therapy. "
Jamshid Maddahi, M.D., F.A.C.C. (electronically signed on 05/04/2010)
Medical Director of Cardiac CT
Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (Nuclear Medicine) and Medicine (Cardiology)
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Given the fact that heart disease contributed to my father's death at 44, my uncle's at 60 and that my 48 year old brother has heart problems, I am thrilled at the results. This is not a time for complacency, but a reminder that through the time and effort I devote to diet and exercise, it is truly possible to "Reverse Aging Now."
Anti-Aging Diary c. 2010 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki, Editor