Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the United States. The sooner coronary artery disease is detected, the greater the chance it can be stopped or reversed.
Our heart scan uses a high-speed CT scanner to look inside the heart and its arteries. Also known as a CT cardiac scoring exam, the heart scan measures calcium build-up in the arteries, a leading indicator of heart disease.
Calcium build-up is proven to be the most powerful predictor of heart attacks, sudden death and coronary heart disease. Our heart scan reveals calcium build-up years before heart disease can be detected by stress testing or any other type of exam.
Indications for a heart scan
Your doctor may order a heart scan if you have any of the following risks:
- High cholesterol level
- High triglyceride values
- High blood pressure
- Hereditary risk/family history
- A sedentary lifestyle in combination with any of these factors
What happens during a heart scan?
Our heart scan is painless and takes less than 30 minutes. While lying on your back, the CT scanner takes several images of the heart's major arteries and identifies the presence or lack of calcium within the major vessels.
The exam will help identify whether you are at risk for heart disease. Equipped with this information, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes, if necessary, to help slow, stop or even reverse the progression of heart disease.