Cardiac Calcium Score Screenings
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$99 Calcium Score Screening
Most individuals with coronary artery disease, the leading cause of heart attacks, show no evidence of the disease for decades, often the first sign is a “sudden” heart attack. CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) can be defined as plaque build up and narrowing of your arteries, also called atherosclerosis. These plaques are made of fat, cholesterol and calcium. Using noninvasive heart scanning techniques, Wise Regional Health System, measures the amount of calcium in the walls of your coronary arteries. Calcium along the walls of arteries that supply blood to your heart could mean you have coronary artery disease. Wise Regional has earned a Gold Seal as a CT Accredited Facility and is also a Chest Pain Center Accredited Hospital.
Cardiac calcium scoring helps:
- Diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Gauge the severity of heart disease
- Predict if you are at risk of symptoms of CAD
CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) can be defined as plaque build up and narrowing of your arteries, also called atherosclerosis. These plaques are made of fat, cholesterol and calcium.
Most individuals with coronary artery disease, the leading cause of heart attacks, show no evidence of the disease for decades, often the first sign is a “sudden” heart attack. Advanced stages are easier to detect and often show symptoms.
How do I know if I’m at risk of CAD?
- A Heart Scan, typically done in minutes
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan shows calcium along the artery walls
- No medication, cutting or needles
How does the scan help detect heart disease?
A detailed image generating device rotates around your body and a very powerful computer creates cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. The calcium deposits show up as bright white spots on the scan.
How is the patient experience?
With a few electrodes attached to your chest, you will slide into the CT scanner. Next, while being asked to hold your breath for a few seconds, the machine will take images of your heart. Within minutes you will have a heart attack risk score and be able to start treatment if necessary.
The higher the plaque you have lining the arteries of your heart the higher your score. The chance of having a heart attack increases with a higher score as well. This knowledge can help you start treatment to lower chances immediately. Starting with techniques like: eating well, increased exercise and smoking cessation.
Am I at risk?
Recommended for men age 45+ and women age 55+. If one or more relatives has CAD test may be performed or recommended for younger adults.