Could This One Test Save Your Life?
Have you ever heard of a Coronary Calcium Scan? Could this one test save your life? I had not until recently! This makes me very frustrated. As a healthcare professional it is so important we are informed of new preventive testing being offered in the area. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Healthcare professionals need to be educating on early detection and preventative measures to decrease the likelihood of heart disease and prevent heart attacks.
A Coronary Calcium Scan is performed using a CAT-SCAN. (CT scan) This scan can diagnose Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) at an early stage. This is done by taking precise pictures of the heart and analyzing them to produce a calcium score. The calcium score indicates the patient’s level of calcium deposits within their arteries. Blocked or clogged arteries can be detected without the need of surgery or injectable tracking fluids. The Coronary Calcium Scan is painless. Patients lay flat for approximately 10 minutes and very little radiation is used. While an elevated cholesterol found from a blood draw is a good indicator of potential Coronary Artery Disease, it is important to remember many people who suffer heart attacks have only average or slightly elevated cholesterol.
Within a week your physician will have your results. These results include pictures noting where the calcification’s and potential problems could be.
Who needs a Coronary Calcium Scan?
- family history of heart disease
- high cholesterol levels
- high blood pressure
- high stress lifestyle
- no regular exercise program
A physician’s referral is not required for a Coronary Calcium Scan as it is considered elective. While your insurance likely will not pay for this test you can pay $99 out-of-pocket at Kettering Medical Center. Call Kettering Medical Center to schedule a visit at 937-395-8492. Appointments available Monday–Friday. For anyone not local to the Dayton, Ohio area please give our Care Specialist a call at 937-524-1820 and a local examination center will be located for you at no charge. Everyone needs a healthy heart!