Heart calcium scoring

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. It's 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. 

The test is performed with a cardiac CT scan to identify the presence, location and amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Calcified plaque can signal the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall known as coronary artery disease. People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attack. 

In general, men over the age of 30 and women over the age of 40 should consider having a heart calcium scoring. Anyone with the following risk factors should also consider heart calcium scoring:

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes 
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Overweight or obese
  • Physically inactive

A doctor’s referral is not necessary to have this test. Appointments can be made at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital by calling (920) 433-8329.

The cost for heart calcium scoring is $49.95.

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