Hospital offers $99 heart calcium scan in February

Low-dose CT scan checks for buildup of calcium; score can help determine risk for heart disease

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Posted 2/11/20

A low-dose CT scan offered for $99 this month at Parker Adventist Hospital can help patients determine their risk for heart disease. The heart calcium scan looks inside the heart, on the walls of the …

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Hospital offers $99 heart calcium scan in February

Low-dose CT scan checks for buildup of calcium; score can help determine risk for heart disease

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A low-dose CT scan offered for $99 this month at Parker Adventist Hospital can help patients determine their risk for heart disease.

The heart calcium scan looks inside the heart, on the walls of the arteries, to check for buildup of calcium. The calcium score measures the amount of buildup, which is an indication of heart disease.

Men age 40-plus and women age 45-plus might have one or more risk factors for heart disease, even if they are healthy. 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.

A calcium score of 101-400 means a larger amount of plaque present, and a moderate to high chance of having a heart attack. Calcium scores of 1-100 means a minimal or mild amount of plaque is present. A score of zero means a high probability of little or no hard plaque.

The calcium scoring CT exam is one of the most advanced methods available to determine heart disease in its earliest stages. A calcium score is a noninvasive way of evaluating coronary arteries. The test takes little time and causes no pain.

The exam does not require any injections and measuring the calcified plaque can be a helpful tool for your doctor. In conjunction with other information, it can determine risk of a future heart attack.

To schedule a calcium heart score scan, call 303-269-4500, choose option 1 and schedule a coronary calcium exam. Patients will be asked to provide a primary care doctor or cardiologist to receive the results.

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