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HeartScan Minnesota®

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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.

  • Family history ?
  • High cholesterol ?
  • Smoking ?
  • High blood pressure ?
  • Diabetes ?
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Family history

Do you have a parent, sibling or other close blood relative who has been diagnosed with heart disease or heart attack?

Learn about heart disease risk factors in our heart health manual.

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High cholesterol

Have you been told by your physician that your overall cholesterol level is high?

Learn about high cholesterol in our heart health manual.

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Do you now or have you ever smoked or used tobacco products?

Learn how tobacco use affects you in our heart health manual.

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High blood pressure

Do you take high blood pressure medicine? Have you been told your blood pressure readings are high?

Learn about high blood pressure in our heart health manual.

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Having diabetes puts you at an increased risk for heart problems because of the disease's effect on your blood vessels.

Learn more about diabetes in our heart health manual.

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.

Before your heart scan
During your heart scan
After your heart scan

The amount of radiation emitted by this CT scan is very low – about the same as a mammogram or a chest x-ray.

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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, Courage (Sister) Kenny Lobby, Minneapolis, MN 55407

  • Call 612-863-3500 or 1-877-800-2728 to schedule a heart scan.
  • Appointments are available Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

  • Call 218-855-5280 or 1-888-806-0116 to schedule a heart scan.
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    New Ulm (New Ulm Medical Center)

    1324 5th Street North, New Ulm, MN 56073

    • Call 507-217-5154 to schedule a heart scan.
    • Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


As of April 7, 2014, we no longer bill insurance to cover the cost of your heart scan.
The cost is $100 paid at the time of your appointment. You will receive a receipt at the time of your payment. Typically, this cost is reimbursable through a flexible health spending account or an HSA (Health Savings Account).