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.
At Prevea, a doctor's referral is not necessary to have heart calcium scoring done. If you are currently experiencing symptoms or receiving care for heart disease, talk to your doctor prior to scheduling to determine if this test is appropriate for you.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (920) 433-8329 in the Green Bay area or (920) 459-5171 in the Sheboygan area. Heart calcium scoring at Prevea Health is only $49.95.