Category Archives: Heart scan curiosities

Heart Scan Curiosities #8: Fat heart

Here’s a curious incidental finding on a heart scan: an unusual fat accumulation around the heart. The arrows point to an unusually large accumulation of fat tissue on either side of the heart. This man was mildly but not excessively … Continue reading

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Heart Scan Curiosities #7

Here’s a situation that crops up once in a while, occurring in perhaps 2% of heart scans. The white within the circled area represents calcium, and thereby atherosclerotic plaque, situated immediately at the “mouth”, or opening, of the the right … Continue reading

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Heart Scan Curiosities #6

This is a “slice” from a normal heart scan in a 58 year old woman. Heart scan score zero. Look at the lungs, the dark areas left and right of the heart in the center. The lungs are also normal. … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities #5

Despite the controversy over drug-coated stents, I maintain that the best stent is no stent at all. Yes, there are indeed times when such things are necessary, but not with the frequency that they are implanted nowadays. Another reason why … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities #4

Here’s an interesting example of a 63-year old man with a heart scan score of 112. However, his aortic valve was also severely calcified (loaded with calcium). In other words, the normally flexible and mobile “leaflets” of the aortic valve … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities 3

Note the shape of the chest in this 64-year old man. The front of his chest (upper portion of scan) is concave. In other words, if you were looking at this man (shirtless, of course) face to face, his chest … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities 3

This is a sample image from the heart scan of a 54-year old, 212 lb, 5 ft 2 inch woman. The heart is the whitish-gray in the center; lungs are the dark (air-filled) areas on either side of the heart. … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities 2

This is an example of a so-called “hiatal hernia”, meaning the stomach has migrated through the diaphragmatic hiatus into the chest–the stomach is literally in the chest. This example is an unusually large one. Hiatal hernias can cause chest pain, … Continue reading

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Heart scan curiosities 1

Heart scans often reveal more than coronary plaque. From time to time, I’ll show some curious findings that people have displayed during routine heart scans. This 65-year old man had a relatively low heart scan score of 73, but showed … Continue reading

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“Black holes” on heart scan

Lots of smokers, especially younger smokers, rationalize their habit by telling themselves that they’ll stop if and when any hint of adverse health effects develop. The problem is that, even in the first decade of smoking, dramatic and profound effects … Continue reading

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