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Cardiac calcium scoring for your heart
Cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring is a safe, painless way for doctors to detect potential heart problems in advance. The results allow your doctor to calculate your risk of heart attack and detect early blockage and plaque build-up. This gives you the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can help prevent or minimize the advancement of heart disease.
The test is $50.00 per person.
How does the test work?
The test measures the amount of calcium that has built up in your coronary arteries. It does not require any needles or other invasive measures. There are no preparations or medication changes, and you can resume all normal activities immediately afterward.
Results are recorded as a numeric score. The higher your score, the more calcium you have. A zero score means you have no calcium and are at low risk of having a heart attack in the next several years.
Because the test does involve a modest amount of radiation exposure, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology do not recommend the test for everyone, just for those at risk.
Am I eligible for a cardiac calcium scoring scan?
To be eligible, you must meet this age requirement…
- Man, age 40+
- Woman, age 50+
…and have one or more additional risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- BMI > 30
- Family health history of premature cardiovascular heart disease (prior to age 55 in males and prior to age 65 in females)
To schedule a cardiac calcium scoring scan or learn more, call 800.424.DOCS.