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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring CT (Heart Scan)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that 500,000 Americans die from coronary artery disease (heart attack) yearly. Most have no warning prior to their death. Early detection of calcified atherosclerotic plaque can prompt preventative action to minimize risk of heart attack or direct people to seek medical evaluation for further testing. Coronary atherosclerosis can be slowed, stopped and possibly reversed before artery blockage results in heart muscle damage or death.
The Heart Scan is non-invasive and does not require special preparation or dietary restrictions. It takes just 15 minutes to complete and detects and quantifies calcified atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries. A score is computed based on the amount of calcification detected.
This screening is recommended for men 45 years and older and women 55 years and older with no risk factors. If a risk factor such as family history of heart disease, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol is involved, the recommended ages start ten years earlier. Studies show that this screening is most useful in predicting heart problems in intermediate risk patients--those without symptoms but with at least one traditional risk factor.
Patients experiencing symptoms, pain or any related medical issues should see their physician and should NOT come in for a screening examination. These screenings are best suited for people who are asymptomatic but are of screening age or have a family history that puts them at a high risk for related medical problems.
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