Calcium Score an Early Warning for Heart Disease
What is a CT Heart Scan?
A CT Heart Scan is a highly accurate, non-invasive way to identify heart disease in its early stages. InteCardia’s 64-slice CT scanner takes rapid cross-sectional images of your heart and calculates a calcium score based on the quantity and density of calcium found in your coronary arteries. A low calcium score suggests a low likelihood of coronary artery disease. The higher the score, the more calcified plaque present and the greater your risk of coronary heart disease and a potential heart attack.
The only preparation for the CT Heart Scan is to obtain a prescription from your physician. The scan is quick and painless and does not require any injections or IVs. You simply lie, fully clothed, on the scanner table with an EKG monitor attached. All you have to do is hold your breath for several seconds. The scan only takes about 10–15 minutes. You will get your results immediately and a copy of your results will also be forwarded to your primary care physician. If you have a low score then you have peace of mind! If you have a moderate or high score, you and your physician have valuable information to develop a treatment plan so you can reduce your risk of having a life-threatening heart attack.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a CT Heart Scan?
- Men over 40
- Women over 50
- Family History of Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Overweight / Sedentary Lifestyle
For additional information, click here to download the CT Heart Scan Brochure.