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Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth offers HeartScan Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS 10/14/2015

Minneapolis Heart Institute® cardiologists can't predict the future. But they have a good way to calculate a person's risk of having a heart attack.

HeartscanA CT cardiac calcium scan at  HeartScan Minnesota® is used to detect plaque in the heart. The measurement of calcium deposits, or hardened bits of plaque, helps the specially trained team at Minneapolis Heart Institute® understand a heart's biological age and health status.

"This is a tool that can tell if a person needs to take prevention more seriously," said  Thomas Knickelbine, MD, preventive cardiologist with Minneapolis Heart Institute® − Plymouth. "Unfortunately, a heart attack has often been the first noticeable symptom of heart disease."

HeartScan Minnesota® is the only heart scan program associated with Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, named among the country's best heart programs by US News & World Report.

People who are 35 and older and have one or more common heart disease risk factors: family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking habit (past or current) are recommended for this test. The $100 cost is not covered by most insurance plans but typically is reimbursable through flexible health spending or health savings accounts.

For more information, visit or call 763-577-7615.

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