Early detection is the key to preventionA coronary calcium scan is one of the most advanced methods available today to assess your risk for a heart attack. Computed tomography (CT), an advanced x-ray technique, coupled with Calcium Scoring software, allows our cardiologists and radiologists to view your heart and the surrounding arteries.
Our state of the art Dual-Source Flash scanners and 256 slice scanners are the most advanced scanners offered by any health system in the Twin Cities. These advance scanners allow thinner slices to be obtained in a shorter period of time, resulting in excellent detail and less radiation exposure.
The results of your exam can help you plan for your heart's futureThe coronary calcium scan identifies the calcified plaque present in your coronary arteries. Calcified plaque, an indicator of coronary artery disease (CAD) and a leading cause of heart attacks, shows up several years before a heart attack or stroke hits. While other forms of plaque may exist, only calcified plaque is detected during a coronary calcium scoring.
Your coronary calcium scan will give you two very important pieces of information:
- The presence or absence of coronary calcium in your coronary arteries.
- The degree of the coronary calcium in your coronary arteries that determines your future risk of heart attack.
Should you have a coronary calcium scan?Check all that apply to you:
[ ] You smoke OR you live/work with someone who smokes daily.
[ ] You have a cholesterol level of 200 or higher.
[ ] You have been told your blood pressure is high.
[ ] You do NOT exercise at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.
[ ] You are 20 pounds or more overweight.
[ ] You have diabetes.
[ ] You have a family history of coronary artery disease.
If you are between the ages of 40-79 and checked more than two boxes, we encourage you to call for an appointment. A coronary calcium scan will help to more thoroughly assess your risk for a heart attack or heart disease.