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Heart Disease Risk Topic of Takoma Lecture Feb. 8 At YMCA

In about one-third of all heart attacks, the patients don’t have any tale-tell symptoms until it’s too late.

Some -- but not all -- may have classic risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or a history of tobacco use.

Board-certified cardiologist Dr. Gregory Uhl with Cardiovascular Associates, located at the Takoma Medical Office Building, will discuss how to determine your heart disease risk on Monday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at the YMCA. The event is free and open to the public.

He also will discuss calcium scoring, a low cost, noninvasive test that can help better classify those with early stages of plaque build-up in the arteries or even blockage without any symptoms.

Dr. Uhl, who has more than 30 years of experience in heart care, said this innovative test can make a difference in someone’s future good health. “This test is an important early-detection tool,” he said.

The test assigns heart disease risk from low to high, based on the amount of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. The information is then used to develop a plan for treatment and/or prevention.

The procedure is performed in Takoma Regional Hospital’s radiology department using the hospital’s high-speed CT scanner. A fee of $99 covers the calcium scoring scan and an interpretation of the results. A physician order is not required to have the test. To schedule a calcium scoring test, please call 278-1825.

Dr. Uhl received his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He also completed a fellowship in cardiology at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

For more information on this lecture, please call Tina Chudina, media relations coordinator, at 798-8110.