Prevention and early detection of heart and vascular problems can add years to your life. That's why Clark Memorial Health offers affordable heart and vascular screenings to help reduce your risk for serious, even life-threatening conditions like heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm.
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You may have a family history of cardiovascular disease or may have been told you're at risk for developing it. Cardiac calcium scoring and vascular screenings are painless, safe ways for doctors to detect potential heart and vascular problems.
These non-invasive tests can detect and diagnose problems such as plaque build-up, blockages, or heart rate issues that can cause heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm. Early detection gives you and your doctor the opportunity to discuss lifestyle changes or the medical treatment that can help prevent or reduce your risks.
This test uses a CT scan to allows your doctor to detect early blockage and plaque build-up and calculate your risk of a heart attack. The scan measures the amount of calcium that has built up in your coronary arteries. Results are a number score from zero to 400 or greater. The lower the score, the less calcium, and risk of a heart attack in the next several years:
0 Very low risk
400 or greater High
Because the test does involve a modest amount of radiation exposure, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend only people at risk have the screening.
You're considered at risk if you're a man aged 40 and over or a woman aged 50 and over with one or more additional risk factors:
You don't have to prepare or change medication before the test, and you can resume all normal activities immediately afterward. The test is $50.
This 30-minute, non-invasive vascular screening uses ultrasound technology and is performed in an accredited vascular laboratory. Results are available the same day and are sent to your provider.
The screening includes three tests:
You should be screened if you're over age 55 or if you're age 40 and have multiple risk factors, including:
A vascular screening is $50 and doesn't require a physician referral.