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Calcium Scoring

A simple heart scan called coronary calcium scoring can detect your risk of cardiovascular disease. The result of the test is called a coronary calcium score. The amount of calcium detected during the scan is used to calculate a score that is combined with other health information to determine your risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack. This noninvasive exam only takes minutes to perform and is used to determine the presence of calcified plaque in your arteries. Plaque is composed of fat, cholesterol and calcium. The plaque in your coronary arteries—the arteries that supply blood to your heart—narrows blood flow and increases your likelihood of a future heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Early detection enables your physicians to provide aggressive treatment that will hopefully prevent major heart attacks or even cardiac death. 

Cardiac CT scanning is a noninvasive scan of your heart that detects calcium in the walls of your arteries, which is a leading indicator of heart disease. By determining your calcium score, this heart scan can diagnose coronary artery disease with astounding accuracy, so that you can take the necessary steps toward preventing a heart attack, living a healthier life and having peace of mind.

  • Who Should Have a Scan?
  • Criteria for Self-Referral
  • Know Your Score
  • What happens during the procedure?