Heart Health Screenings
More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined. That is a startling statistic, but medical advancements are proving to be lifesavers.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring
One such advancement is the 64-slice CT Scanner, a state-of-the-art, medical imaging device that captures images of a beating heart in just five heartbeats. With the 64-slice CT Scanner, physicians are better able to diagnose heart disease by viewing blockages in the coronary arteries.
Cardiac calcium scoring, a revolutionary, pain-free, noninvasive procedure, measures participants' heart disease risk in less than 15 minutes.
The 64-slice CT Scanner, with sub-second scanning capability, takes 70-90 images of the coronary arteries without injections or needles. The amount of calcium, or plaque, detected in the coronary arteries is then used to establish a person's risk for heart disease.
Men, age 45 and older, and women, age 50 and older, who have the following risk factors for heart disease are eligible to receive cardiac calcium scoring:
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- History of smoking
- High blood pressure
- High stress levels
- Sedentary lifestyle
Cardiac calcium scoring is held in imaging on the lower level of the Monroe Clinic hospital building. Participants receive their cardiac score via a personalized letter after the screening. The cost is $89, payable at time of service by cash, check or credit only. Insurance will not be billed. Appointments are required. Call 608-324-1183