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Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
For many people, the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack. And, heart attacks can occur when there is as little as 30 to 50 percent narrowing of the arteries. Unlike standard stress tests that can't detect calcium deposits until the narrowing is at least 50 percent, HeartScan Minnesota gives you an inside view of your heart's health - giving you a personalized calcium score.
At a cost of $100, a heart scan from HeartScan Minnesota is a simple, inexpensive way to get an inside view of your heart's health.
Who should have a heart scan?
Anyone, age 35 to 79, with one or more of these risk factors for heart disease is encouraged to call for an appointment.
Do you have a parent, sibling or other close blood relative who has been diagnosed with heart disease or heart attack?
Have you been told by your physician that your overall cholesterol level is high?
Do you now or have you ever smoked or used tobacco products?
High blood pressure
Do you take high blood pressure medicine? Have you been told your blood pressure readings are high?
Having diabetes puts you at an increased risk for heart problems because of the disease's effect on your blood vessels.
What to expect
A CT scan can detect heart disease in its earliest stages. Early detection means it's still possible to slow, stop or reverse heart disease.
You will first fill out a health questionnaire.
For the test itself, you will lie down on the scanner bed and be asked to hold your breath while the scanner takes two images of your heart. Each scan takes 10 to 45 seconds.
Every scan will be analyzed and read by a cardiovascular imaging specialist, so you will get the most in-depth and thorough interpretation. You will then receive a comprehensive report detailing the results of the scans through the mail.
With your permission, we will forward your report to your primary care physician. We strongly encourage you to review the report with your physician and develop a plan to ensure your heart’s health.
The amount of radiation emitted by this CT scan is very low – about the same as a mammogram or a chest x-ray.
Minneapolis (Abbott Northwestern Hospital)
800 East 28th Street, Courage (Sister) Kenny Lobby, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Directions and parking: HeartScan Minnesota is located on the first floor of the Courage (Sister) Kenny Building on Abbott Northwestern Hospital's campus. Go to the Outpatient Imaging Center to check in for your appointment.
Baxter (Minneapolis Heart Institute)
13205 Isle Drive, Suite 100, Baxter, MN 56425
As of April 7, 2014, we no longer bill insurance to cover the cost of your heart scan.