What's your cardiac score?
If you don't know your cardiac score, you should. This simple imaging test measures the amount of calcified plaque in your arteries.
Hard, calcified plaque can develop inside the arteries that feed the heart. This is commonly known as "hardening of the arteries." The presence of this plaque increases the chances of a heart attack. Recent studies show a cardiac scoring test can predict your chances of a heart attack better than all cardiac risk factors combined.
Cardiac Scoring Test
During the non-invasive exam, we place four electrodes on your chest. You will hold your breath for approximately 10 seconds as images of your heart are taken. The exam takes about 15 minutes.
After the exam, a cardiologist will analyze the images to determine the amount of calcified plaque present in your coronary arteries. The cardiologist will convert the findings into a score, and your primary care doctor will receive a copy of the results.
Scheduling a Test
Invest in your future and make your heart health a priority now. The cost of a cardiac scoring test is $150. Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of preventive screenings. However, if you participate in a health savings account or flexible spending account, you may be able to obtain reimbursement for the cost of your screening.
If you have any questions about cardiac scoring or would like to schedule an appointment, call the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at (320) 656-7020.