Protect Your Heart with Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Feb 09, 2016
February is American Heart Month. It is important to know what your risk levels are for heart disease and stroke.
"80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes," states the American Heart Association’s Go Red website.
How do you know if you are at risk of developing heart disease?
A valuable screening test offered at Suburban Imaging is Cardiac Calcium Scoring. Cardiac Calcium Scoring is one way that men and women can know their heart disease risk and take control of their potential risk factors.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a quick CAT scan that can detect and measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries, which is an indicator of heart disease. Even a small amount of plaque can attract a clot, thus resulting in a heart attack.
Who should be screened?
An appropriate candidate for Cardiac Calcium Scoring is:
- Men age 35-70
- Women age 40-70
- Also has any of these risk factors
- Family history of heart disease
- Smoking/tobacco use
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Some insurance plans pay for Cardiac Calcium Scoring with a referral from a healthcare provider, although you can have this screening test without a referral. Please check with your insurance company.