Coronary Artery Calcium Screening
If you are a man and over age 40 or a woman and over age 45, you may have one or more risk factors for heart disease, even if you are the picture of health. Family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes are all factors leading to a good reason to get a heart calcium scoring exam.
- The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart and normally do not contain calcium or plaque. Calcium in the arteries is a sign of coronary artery disease.
- Using a high speed, low dose CT scanner, we look inside the heart, on the walls of the arteries to check for buildup of calcium.
- The calcium score measures the amount of build up which is an indication of heart disease and helps determine your risk of heart disease.
- The best thing about this test is there is no prep required to take it.
- This test is not normally covered by insurance plans, so you will have to pay out of pocket costs for this exam. The cost is $149.
- Results of the test will be sent to you and your physician so you can talk about future actions.
Calcium score of 101-400 means a larger amount of plaque is present and your chance of having a heart attack is moderate to high.
Calcium score of 1-100 means a minimal or mild amount of plaque is present
Calcium score of zero means there is a high probability that you have little or no hard plaque in your arteries.
Benefits of the CT Calcium Scoring Exam
- One of the most advanced methods available to determine heart disease in its earliest stages.
- A calcium scoring is a convenient and noninvasive way of evaluating your coronary arteries.
- The test takes little time and causes no pain.
- The exam does not require any injections.
Measuring the calcified plaque can be a helpful tool for your doctor. In conjunction with other information it can determine your risk of a future heart attack.