The Book


to understand and reduce your risk

As a cardiologist, I have not yet met a patient who expected to have a problem; patients do not put into their diaries “possible problem with my heart next week”. Yet, what if we could be forewarned about, or prepared for, a potential problem with our coronary arteries?  … What if we could plan NOT to have heart attack?  

Have You Planned Your Heart Attack? is the first-of-its-kind, offering a balanced and referenced discussion of coronary risk assessment using modern technology. Taking a picture of the coronary arteries using CT (computed tomography – x-rays are deflected at very high speed using enormous magnets to acquire images that are then reconstructed) to see the health of the arteries, is not new, it just isn't done routinely. Yet, by using these advances specialists, GPs and patients can be ahead of the cardiovascular health game.

PETER, a 35-year-old with high cholesterol, had tried cholesterol-lowering tablets but had suffered aches and pains. He did not want to be taking drugs unless it was clearly indicated. He was fit and well and was not regular medication. There was no history of premature coronary artery disease in his family although both his parents had had elevated cholesterol.

However, the Australian Absolute Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculator estimated Peter’s risk as very high.

Married with three children, he didn’t want to leave his heart health to chance so he underwent scanning. This showed there was a significant amount plaque in his arteries; confirmation of a problem and its extent. The images were explicit. Gone were his doubts about the benefits of taking medication. The result was a major turn-around in the management of his cardiovascular risk. Today, he is positive about being informed and proactive.

Peter was keen to undergo scanning so that he could be as well informed as possible. These are the images we obtained. The calcium score was three and this would generally suggest a low risk of an event over the next 5 to 10 years. However, as can be seen from the images, there is a significant amount of non-calcific plaque which carries a high risk of an event
 over the next 5 to 10 years if left unattended.

Wouldn’t you want to know rather than guess

if the single biggest killer in the Western world was lurking inside of you?

Have You Planned Your Heart Attack? is not the next optimistic, self-help, heart disease reversal, anti-cancer, anti-aging, low carb, cure all approach to health. It presents a proactive approach to cardiac disease prevention, believing that prevention is better than cure.

HEATHER, 67, had no known family history of high cholesterol and a very low score on any cardiovascular disease risk assessment chart. Her cholesterol readings were always very low. However, following a CT chest scan after a persistent cough, one of the findings mentioned some coronary artery calcification. Her GP referred her to me. A CT coronary angiography demonstrated significant plaque in just one spot which, if left unattended, posed a high to very high health risk. Treatment was started immediately.  Had this CT scan not been taken she would have felt protected by her good cholesterol readings and healthy life style while unwittingly actually being at significant risk of a heart attack at any time.

Taking a picture of the coronary arteries using CT to see the health of the arteries, is not new, it just isn't done routinely.

Have You Planned Your Heart Attack? presents a balanced discussion for patients and doctors about cardiac risk and cardiac CT imaging that is easy to understand with case histories and examples.  This book will empower you as an individual to choose how you want to deal with your risk of the single biggest killer in the western world.

This book brings the future into the present.

It is compulsory reading for you if you, or someone you care about,

  • want to reduce the risk of a heart attack;
  • have high cholesterol and are not sure about taking statins;
  • suffer side-effects from statins;
  • come from a family with ‘bad’ hearts;
  • just want to know what’s going on with your heart;
  • want to know more about cardiac CT imaging;
  • would enjoy an informative read about the main killer of our generation;
  • believe prevention is better than cure;
  • are a doctor wanting more information about risk or need a book you can recommend to your patients, and
  • have a heart.

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I now have life choices to make to assist in preventing a heart attack in the future. Had I not had the testing done, I might have just not woken up one day

Susanne Dart

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Typically, individual risk is evaluated using population studies. This presents inherent problems, however, as risk may be low for the population - but 100 per cent for the individual who has the event!

Dr Warrick Bishop