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Panelist: William L. Blanchet, MD
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Internist
Boulder Community Internal Medicine
Boulder, CO

William Blanchet was born on a rice farm in Southern Louisiana, the middle child of 7. His father was a high school math and science teacher and part time farmer.  His mother was an ethnomusicologist who recorded and preserved hundreds of Cajun folk songs that would have been lost. 

William started college with the intention of becoming a veterinarian, however found human medicine to be more attractive.  After completing his residency, he followed my wife to Boulder where she attended Law school.  After working at the University for three years, William entered private practice of Internal Medicine in 1986.  As a primary care Internist, he takes care of adults with a high incidence of chronic medical illnesses. 

The most common cause of death and disability in the country is atherosclerotic disease, primarily heart disease, strokes, peripheral vascular and renal vascular disease.  As a result, William has an increased interest in the diagnosis and prevention of vascular disease.

In 2001, he was introduced to the science behind coronary atherosclerotic imaging.  Since then, he has been utilizing EBT coronary imaging as the most reliable predictor of coronary events and as the basis for treatment of atherosclerotic heart disease.

In June 2003, William opened "Front Range Preventive Imaging" to provide a more convenient location for Boulder patients to obtain EBT coronary imaging.  Since then, he has been able to diagnose coronary disease in individuals who would not have had a clue that they were at risk based upon conventional risk factor stratification. He has also been able to determine adequacy of treatment based upon serial scanning and have identified those individuals in whom the initial treatment was inadequate. 

The result of his application of EBT technology and consequently more aggressive treatment of risk factors has been to reduce the incidence of heart attacks dramatically in his own patient population.  He has also seen a reduction in heart attacks, along with a dramatic reduction in the need for stress tests, angiography, and revascularization within his practice.

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