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Vasculature of the Heart
Heart Attacks SHould Be Eradicated Like Polio and Chickenpox!
Help SHAPE achieve the ambitious goal of eradicating heart attacks and saving families like JoAnne's from such a tragic experience. JoAnne is now a SHAPE volunteer.

On June 19th, 2009 Texas legislatures passed HB 1290 as the first preventive cardiovascular bill for early detection of hidden heart disease using coronary artery calcium (CAC) score. The bill was signed into law by Texas Governor on September 1st, 2010.. However, as of today no other state covers for CAC scoring and most patients are forced to pay out of pocket. Let's change the status quo and secure national coverage for CAC scoring. Ask your representative to support SHAPE's efforts to secure national Medicare coverage for the proper use of CAC scoring in preventing heart attacks.

SHAPE is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization founded by Dr. Morteza Naghavi in 2001 and is dedicated to the mission of eradicating heart attacks by raising awareness on early detection and treatment of the "Vulnerable Patient".

Who is a "Vulnerable Patient"? A person who has high risk of experiencing a heart attack in the near future but is unaware and has no symptoms. We do not have the idea tool to detect these patients and save their life from a sudden cardiac death. However, the best tool we have today is a coronary artery calcium (CAC) score which clears low risk (CAC zero) and detects high risk individuals. While scientists and medical technologies are actively at work to create the ideal tool, we strongly recommend that you know your CAC score, and take preventive actions if your CAC score is over zero. Do not wait till you have symptoms, it will be too late. 

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