Nicholas DiDomenico, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursValley Internal Medicine
Van Nuys, CA 91405
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Health Net
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- SCAN/Smart Care Health Plans
- Universal Care
- Encino Hospital Medical Center
- Tarzana Regional Medical Center
- Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Why does a doctor use cardiac computed tomography?
Cardiologists generally perform two types of procedure using the CT scanner. The first is a coronary calcium score, which is a screening test, which can give the physician some idea of how much plaque has been deposited in the patient's coronary arteries. When plaque is present for many years, the body tends to calcify it. This calcium can be easily seen with a CT scan and this procedure takes very little time. The other type of procedure that has recently been developed is a coronary CT angiogram. Besides looking at the calcium in the coronary arteries, fatty deposits can also be visualized and a fairly good estimation of the severity of these blockages can be made. The CT scan also evaluates the heart muscle, sac surrounding the heart (pericardium), and the pulmonary arteries, as well as the thoracic (chest) and abdominal aorta.
What is a patient advocate?
A patient advocate helps people with health problems deal with the health care system. This includes working with doctors, nurses, insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers and others.
A patient advocate helps solve problems with health care, medical bills and job discrimination related to a medical issue. He or she also may give encouragement and emotional support.
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What do C-reactive protein (CRP) test levels indicate?
Donnica Moore, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredThere are specific guidelines for results of the C-reactive protein (CRP) test, which reflects inflammation related to heart disease risk. Watch women's health specialist Donnica Moore, MD, discuss what the test levels indicate with regard to risk.
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