smokingRecently a 53 year old patient came in for a routine follow up for Hormone Replacement Therapy and confirmed he has been smoking a pack of cigarettes each day for years.  Given the risk factor for this type of patient, a routine calcium score was ordered to assess the risk of coronary artery disease.  He was found to have a significant lesion in his left anterior descending artery.  Patients smoking a pack a day, or less,  are at a high risk of vascular disease including the carotid and coronary arteries.   Getting scanned early, reducing the amount of smoking and improving diet and exercise can help to prevent a heart attack.

There is no magic pill to cure this.  The only way to reverse Coronary Artery Disease is to quit smoking and work to improve diet and exercise.


If you have a family member or friend who is a smoker and is at risk, help them help themselves by calling the Q Institute today at 1-844-244-4900 or email us by clicking here.