February is American Heart Month. Know Your Score!
Jan 31, 2020
American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
February also hosts Valentine’s Day, which is all about affairs of the heart, so it’s a good match.
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
1) Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
2) On person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
3) About 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year-that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
This month is the perfect month to schedule a Cardiac Calcium Scoring exam. Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a quick and non-invasive test that uses a CT exam to detect and measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries, which is an indicator of heart disease. Cardiac Calcium Scoring can detect calcium deposits before they get large enough to obstruct the blood vessel. This is a valuable screening test to identify an individual who has no symptoms, but has significant plaque in the blood vessel wall. It is not unusual for this small amount of plaque to change shape and attract a clot, thus resulting in a heart attack.
Schedule your Cardiac Calcium Scoring exam at Suburban Imaging - Coon Rapids or Suburban Imaging – Southdale today! A referral is not needed to schedule this test however, it should be done under the supervision of your healthcare provider to properly use any findings. Cardiac Calcium Scoring is considered an out-of-pocket test and is not covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. The cost of the test is $100.
Learn more about Cardiac Calcium Scoring here.