Coronary Calcium Screening
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death of both men and women in the United States and the most common of those diseases is coronary artery disease. The coronary arteries are arteries that wrap around the heart and supply it with blood and oxygen. Decreased blood flow in the arteries to the heart can cause a heart attack.
Most people who suffer from a heart attack do not have any symptoms or warning signs that they may be at risk of having a heart attack. Here at Archbold, we offer a coronary calcium screening that could help diagnose coronary artery disease at an early stage. The test is indicated for people who have no symptoms of heart disease but may be at risk for getting it. The test uses computed tomography (CT) to check for calcium buildup in plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries.
Coronary Calcium Screening is recommended for people with the following heart disease risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease
- High blood sugar or diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary life style
- Over the age of 50
The screening is a short and pain-free test that involves a series of pictures being taken involving only a small amount of radiation. The test will be read by one of our cardiology or radiology experts which will determine your calcium score. Your calcium score will help to indicate the level of calcium deposits in your arteries. The test results will be sent to your physician as well as all patients will have a copy of the report mailed directly to them.
If you would like to request an appointment for a coronary calcium screening, please fill out the form (left) and someone will contact you soon. A physician’s order is not required for this test. Most insurance carriers do not cover the cost of this test.
For more information, please call 229.228.2084.
This screening is not recommended for patients with history of chest pain, heart attack, heart surgery or any other cardiac event. Available by appointment only.