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Heart Score by United Heart & Vascular Clinic
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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, a Heart Score gives you an inside view of your heart's health - giving you a personalized calcium score.
At a cost of $100, a Heart Score conducted at United Heart & Vascular Clinic is a simple, inexpensive way to get an inside view of your heart's health.
A heart score is a specific type of CT protocol that detects and measures the amount of calcium in your heart arteries and calculates a individual calcium score for you.
Who should have a Heart Score?
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.
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Coronary CT angiography 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.
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 technologist will prepare the scans and questionnaire for a radiologist and a cardiologist to review. You then will receive a comprehensive report detailing the results of the scans.
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 health record.
This process may take up to 14 days.
Nasseff Specialty Center, 225 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
Directions and parking: United Heart & Vascular Clinic is located in the Nasseff Specialty Center on the campus of United Hospital. Go to the first floor (street level) and check-in at the Imaging Department for your heart Scan.
You have many options to cover the cost of your heart score.