All health insurance to start paying for calcium scoring - the mammography for the heart

All health insurance to start paying for calcium scoring - the mammography for the heart

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Rolando Degoma started this petition

SUPPORT THE "SAVE YOUR HEART CAMPAIGN - STOP YOUR HEART ATTACK BEFORE IT HAPPENS. KNOW YOUR CALCIUM SCORE." 

After losing 1,000,000 Americans to COVID-19 in just a short time, as we start to recover, let us resume our forgotten and neglected war against heart attacks and realize the long-awaited promise of prevention. We can win this war, save lives and reduce healthcare cost all at the same time. 

Every year, over 600,000 Americans (that's 5 jumbo-jet loads every day) have largely preventable first heart attacks - help us save them - the next victim could be a family member, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker.

As a practicing cardiologist for over 40 years, I have first-hand knowledge of the devastation caused by sudden first heart attacks to patients and their families. If they have good health insurance, patients end up paying a small fraction of the $50,000 to $150,000 cost of hospitalization and physician fees. What health insurance does not cover is economic loss to the family due to premature death since 1 in 4 just dropped dead without reaching the hospital, the cost of temporary or permanent disability, the dead heart muscles damaged by the heart attack that cannot be replaced and sometimes leads to chronic heart failure, the higher health insurance cost, anxiety and stress due to uncertainties of the future, etc.

The good news is that medical advances have given you the option not to have a first heart attack. The bad news is your health insurance company says you can't have it. This is what we are fighting for.

In the last 20 years, first heart attacks in my practice have become rare events because of early detection of silent coronary plaques using calcium scoring test - the mammography for the heart, before they can rupture and cause a heart attack. Once the asymptomatic heart disease is detected, optimal medical therapy using mostly generic medications can be prescribed to stop disease progression and even induce disease regression. If you and your doctor know your calcium score, and it is high, the right medical therapy can stop your heart attack before it happens without needing to have stents or heart bypass.

Visit us and learn more at www.SaveYourHeartCampaign.com and watch our videos at www.HeartAttackPreventionChannel.com.

If we succeed, we will force all health insurance companies and MEDICARE to do what what they have been resisting for years despite the efforts of many health experts - to pay for the recommended $100 CORONARY CALCIUM SCORING TEST, and we will save many tens of thousands of lives every year.

Help eliminate healthcare disparity. Knowing the calcium score gives everyone with still silent heart disease the same opportunity of not being the next victim of a sudden first heart attack.

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