WHAT IS HEART CALCIUM SCORING?
Heart calcium scoring is a procedure involving the use of our CT scan in order to determine the level of calcium in the coronary artery of your heart. This simple, non-invasive and painless procedure can detect the presence of coronary artery disease long before it becomes symptomatic. By detecting heart disease early, it allows time to modify risk factors and receive early treatment, which could prevent heart attacks.
WHY HAVE A CORONARY CALCIUM SCAN?
Coronary calcium scoring is a simple, fast, safe and accurate procedure that uses a CT scan to identify buildup of plaque in the walls of the arteries of the heart. It enables the physician to estimate your risk of heart attack, detect heart disease in early stages, and even treat a heart condition before the patient experiences any symptoms of the disease.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A SCAN?
All men and women with an intermediate risk for coronary artery disease should consider having a coronary calcium screening. You are encouraged to have a heart scan if you have one or more of the following risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Current or prior tobacco usage
- History of prolonged exposure to second-hand smoke
- Age (men between ages 40-65 and women between ages 45-70)