Most everyone has heard that calcium is good for your bones.
But it can say a lot about your heart health, too.
Calcium, which is transported through the bloodstream, can buildup, harden and disrupt your body’s normal processes. Calcifications can form in many places throughout your body, including small and large arteries and heart valves, which can be a sign of heart disease.
“Typically the greater the burden of calcified plaque detected in the arteries, the greater a patient’s risk is for heart attack and cardiovascular events that could result in death,” said Archbold cardiologist Bob Miles, MD.
That’s why doctors often recommend coronary calcium screening scans to look for calcium buildup in the coronary arteries.
Using a special type of X-ray (a computed tomography scan, also referred to as a CT scan), doctors can take a look at arteries to check for calcifications, which can help determine risk for heart disease or heart attack.
“The test is generally most helpful for patients who may be at risk for heart disease,” said Dr. Miles. “Common risk factors for heart disease include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are at risk for heart disease, we definitely recommend having a Calcium Screening Test. If your risk is significant, steps may be taken to modify the risk of dangerous heart events. Your doctor can help.”
Throughout the month of February, Archbold will offer coronary calcium screening scans for a reduced rate of $90. A physician order is not required, and scans will be performed by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment for a Calcium Screening Scan, call (229) 228-2084.