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Heart Score

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.

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.

  • Family history
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes

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 Score

You will first fill out a health questionnaire.

During your Heart Score

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.

After your Heart Score

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.

Billing and insurance

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).