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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?
Are you 50 or more pounds overweight? Is your weight in line with your height?
Do you get regular, daily exercise?
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.
A radiologist and a cardiologist will review your scans and your questionnaire. You will then be sent a comprehensive report detailing the results of the scans through the mail.
If your primary physician referred you, a copy will also be sent to your him or her. Additionally, a copy of the report will be filed in your electronic medical record.
This process may take up to 14 days.
The amount of radiation emitted by this CT scan is very low – about the same as a mammogram or a chest x-ray.
CT / heart scan
CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring uses a special type of CT scanner to get a three-dimensional view of your blood vessels. This allows doctors to see whether plaque has built up in the artery wall that may cause a future heart attack or symptoms.
Minneapolis (Abbott Northwestern Hospital)
800 East 28th Street, Sister Kenny Lobby, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Directions and parking: HeartScan Minnesota is located on the first floor of the 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
You have many options to cover the cost of your heart scan.