According to Patricia, one of Dr. Kapadia’s patients, the CT scan “unlocks the secrets of the heart” and is nothing short of lifesaving.
“Calcium in the heart is what causes widow maker heart attacks,” says Patricia. “And if you know it’s there, then you can change your lifestyle.”
Patricia credits Dr. Kapadia and the Heart Team at Bon Secours St. Francis for raising her awareness and helping her make important lifestyle changes.
“I drive from Prince George to come to Bon Secours because I want the best health care. Dr. Kapadia is very passionate about what he does and that passion is passed on to his patients. I mean, you can actually feel his passion.”
For Patricia, good help is personal.
“With Dr. Kapadia, I feel like he’s not just my doctor,” she says. “He’s a friend and he’s listening. And I just think he’s wonderful.”
Shaival Kapadia, MD
As a cardiologist and member of Bon Secours Heart Team, Dr. Shaival Kapadia can’t imagine a more exciting career.
“There’s a lot of diversity in what we do from prevention to acute illness to chronic disease,” says Kapadia. “So there’s a wide variety of office, hospital and diagnostic testing that makes for a very interesting day.”
But what he finds most rewarding is the relationship he has with his patients.
“Watching them get better quickly or watching them get excited and motivated about their own health… is really what drives me every day.”
One of Kapadia’s many passions is raising awareness for heart disease, particularly among young people.
“You know how the young are,” he says. “They think they’re invincible. Most people think if they feel well, if they don’t have any symptoms, that they’re immune to heart disease.”
But in a society where more of us are leading sedentary lifestyles, there’s more food than we can manage to eat and there’s a lot more stress, we don’t realize that we’re setting ourselves up for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Kapadia says he’s seeing more heart attacks than ever in younger patients with absolutely no symptoms.
“The first symptom could be heart attack or worse,” says Kapadia. “So the best thing is to be proactive about your health and know your numbers.”
In Kapadia’s view, being proactive includes knowing all your key numbers — blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index — and, in many cases, also learning your calcium score through a CT scan.
“Most heart attacks occur from non-obstructive plaques that are hidden in the arteries,” says Kapadia. “The technology has really evolved in the last 10 to 15 years so that you can actually detect calcium in the arteries with the CT scan non-invasively, very quickly and for a very low cost.”
For Dr. Kapadia, good help is compassion and taking a patient on a journey of health and wellness through education, motivation and innovation.