Is Your Heart in the Right Place?
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It takes a lot to be heart healthy. Let a calcium scoring exam tell you where to start.
A cardiac scoring exam shows the arteries of the heart and can predict your likelihood of a future heart attack. Even with no family history of heart disease, many people come to Jefferson Radiology to have this quick and simple test performed. The results from the scan will provide you with the answers you need to keep your heart healthy and your mind at ease.
Why Calcium Scoring at Jefferson Radiology?
Our convenient locations and extended hours make it easy to book your exam. You can rely on fast and comprehensive results, all the while knowing that your images will be read by a specialized radiologist who has received fellowship training in this area of expertise.
This exam is used as a screening tool in the evaluation of coronary artery disease. The Calcium Scoring exam quantifies the total load of calcified (hardened) plaque in the coronary arteries based upon the volume and density of calcified plaque. It then compares that score to a large reference population matched to the patient's age and sex. This exam can be used as a valuable tool in conjunction with other clinical risk factors such as family history, cholesterol level, lipid profile, etc. to help physicians determine how best to manage patients with coronary artery disease.
People from all walks of life opt for a calcium scoring exam to better understand and take steps towards a better heart health. You are a good candidate for this exam if you are currently on blood pressure medication or have high cholesterol. If you have any of the following risk factors, talk to your physician about whether a calcium scoring exam is right for you:
- High stress levels
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- History of smoking
Patients who have had previous cardiovascular treatment or surgery, including coronary stinting, coronary bypass surgery, pacemaker placement, or valve replacement are not candidates for this screening procedure.
The appointment time is approximately 15 minutes, with the actual scan time taking only a few seconds. It does not involve any injections or medications. After completing a brief risk factor questionnaire, you will be asked to lie down on the table fully dressed while the technologist places EKG leads on your chest. While the scan is being performed you will hold your breath for a brief period to allow for clear images. A radiologist from Jefferson Radiology who is specialized in body and cardiovascular imaging will then study the scan and send a report to your physician.
Some insurance carriers in Connecticut cover calcium scoring as a screening exam, while others, including Medicare, do not. Please contact your insurance carrier for coverage details.
For patients whose insurance does not cover the exam, Jefferson Radiology offers the scan at a $99 patient discount price. Please note that for patients whose insurance does cover the exam, some or part of the cost of the exam ($345) may be applied to your deductible. Questions? Call our patient care line at 860-289-3375.