Heart calcium scoring is an easy and powerful way to spot the early stages of heart disease while there's still time to stop it.
What is heart calcium scoring? Heart calcium scoring is a simple exam that can detect years of plaque build-up long before you have symptoms of heart disease. This potentially life saving test only takes 15 minutes. You will be notified of your test results in writing. Then, if necessary, your doctor may recommend a plan to change your game and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Who can benefit most?
In general, if you are a man over 30 or a woman over 40, or if you have the following risk factors, you should consider having a heart calcium scoring:
- High cholesterol levels
- Family history of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight or obese
- Physically inactive
How is the test performed?
A special, high-speed CT scanner is used to measure calcium on the arteries. It's pain-free, non-invasive and only takes 15 minutes. The scan detects the areas and density of the calcium on the arteries and establishes a calcium score. The score may range from zero, which is normal, to several hundred or more.
Effective Oct. 1, 2020, you will need to call your health care provider for an order. If you are currently experiencing symptoms or are receiving care for heart disease, talk to your provider to determine if heart calcium scoring is appropriate for you.
Heart calcium scoring at Prevea Health is only $49.95. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call:
Green Bay and Oconto Falls (920) 433-8329
Sheboygan (920) 459-5171