Doctor Warrick Bishop is a practicing cardiologist, best selling author, and keynote speaker and who has a passion to help prevent heart disease on a global scale. What if you could plan NOT to have a heart attack?
While you might be excused for thinking we are talking about a virus that has been spreading like wildfire; cancer; cigarettes and alcohol or even road accidents - no that’s not it. Truth be told, this killer affects an estimated 430,000 Australians and one in three people know someone affected by it. In fact, by the time you are done reading this article, another person will have unsuspectingly come to the crossroads of life and death by facing Australia’s biggest killer. It kills twice as many people as lung cancer and is over ten times a bigger killer than road accidents - yet, we are still more concerned with the treatment once it has occurred than its early detection and prevention.
PETER was a 35-year-old male with high cholesterol who had tried cholesterol-lowering tablets but had suffered aches and pains. He really didn’t want to be on medication unless it was clearly indicated. At our first meeting, he was fit and well, and was not on any regular medication. There was no history of premature coronary artery disease in his family although both his parents had had elevated cholesterol.
A key element to any new approach to primary prevention and risk assessment is the availability of, and accessibility to, imaging the coronary arteries using CT scanning.
I am 52 years of age, work in an office position and have always struggled with my weight. That, combined with a family history of heart disease, has worried me that I could die prematurely of a heart-related condition.