Coronary artery disease is among the most common causes of disability and death. Often, by the time symptoms occur, the process may already be far advanced. Frequently,t he first symptom of coronary artery disease is heart attack and sudden death. Dangerous coronary artery disease may be present in individuals that are totally asymptomatic. A recent study showed that a family history of early-onset coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with significant amounts of plaque in the coronary arteries apparently healthy patients.
Researchers demonstrated a significant amount of plaque present (coronary plaque burden) in apparently healthy middle-aged close relatives of individuals with early-onset of coronary artery disease. This study underscores the fact that asymptomatic patients may benefit from early cardiac screening and that is especially true for individuals with a family history of early-onset CAD may benefit from screening for subclinical atherosclerosis.
The Cardiac portion of the WorldPath Executive Wellness Program evaluates the condition of the coronary arteries and can detect even early signs of coronary artery diseae and dangerous plaque.