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    Home : Medical Services : Coronary Artery Calcium Score Screening

    Screening: Coronary Artery Calcium Score
    "Heart Scan"

    ARE YOU AT RISK?

    Early detection is everything.

    Many times, people with heart disease* have few visible symptoms. Yet heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in America.

    Now there’s a non-invasive test that could save your life or the life of someone you love.  Our calcium score heart scan is an excellent  screening tool that measures the amount of  calcium (plaque) in the coronary arteries.

    Calcium is medically proven to be a clinical marker for coronary artery disease and has been confirmed to be a powerful predictor of heart attacks, sudden death and other manifestations of coronary heart disease. This screening tool detects plaque years, or even decades, before stress testing or any other type of non-invasive technology. The sooner coronary artery disease is detected, the greater the chance it can be stopped or reversed, often by  medication or simple lifestyle changes. The key is early detection.

    DO YOU KNOW YOUR SCORE?

    Using a special state-of-the-art, high-speed 64-slice CT scanner, we look inside the heart  and its arteries for calcium build-up. This proven technology measures and scores the amount  of blockage in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease.

    Other traditional exams, such as treadmill stress tests, only help to detect restrictions of blood-flow, which occurs with more advanced blockages, whereas a calcium score heart scan views the amount of calcium in the coronary  arteries. This test is safe, painless and takes less than 5 minutes.

    Your Results.

    Our cardiovascular specialists will read and interpret your calcium score. The coronary  artery calcification score measures the volume  and distribution of calcification in the arteries of the heart.

    The results of the calcium score help to identify those at risk so that corrective measures can  be taken. Equipped with this information, your physician can recommend lifestyle changes to help slow, stop or even reverse heart disease.

    Who Should Consider a Calcium Score Heart Scan?

    Prime candidates for a calcium score heart scan are men and women age 35-plus or with one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a history of cardiac disease in the family.

    Is there any reason why I should NOT have a Cardiac CT for Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring?

    • If you have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD) this test will unlikely provide any additional information regarding your cardiovascular status. Experts agree that you should not get a calcium score heart scan if you've had a heart attack, undergone coronary bypass surgery, or had angioplasty with or without stent placement. If you are at high risk of heart disease, consult your doctor before having a calcium score screening. In these cases, you should already be under a doctor's care for treatment of existing heart disease or aggressive prevention strategies. A calcium score is meant as a screening tool for someone who may be at risk of heart disease — not someone who already has heart disease.
    • Also, because of the radiation exposure, DO NOT get a CT scan if you're pregnant.
    • Please note: Our CT scan equipment can only accommodate patients up to 400 lbs.

    What is the cost of a calcium score? Is the calcium score screening covered by insurance?

    Because this is considered an elective screening, this procedure is NOT an insurance covered benefit. We will NOT bill your insurance for this test. Payment for the screening test is due at the time of the service and payment is due in full. For the cost for a screening, please call Baton Rouge Cardiology Center at (225) 214-7730.

    For more information or to schedule a Coronary Artery Calcium Score CT Scan, please call (225) 214-7730.