This is offered on Monday and Wednesday at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Please call 970-810-6070 to schedule an appointment.
CT Heart Score - $199
A Calcium Score Screening
Heart Score provides computed tomography (CT) cardiac scoring, a noninvasive test that accurately measures the amount of calcified plaque in the arteries.
The procedure begins with a fast, painless CT exam. CT, more commonly known as CAT scanning, uses x-rays and multiple detectors to create interior images of the heart. And, because it works more than seven times faster than a conventional CT scan, the motion of the heart and blood does not blur the pictures it creates. By analyzing images of the coronary arteries, a cardiologist can determine how much calcified plaque the arteries contain.
What To Expect:
· It is important for you to have a clear understanding of your cardiac health. One of the goals of this program is to increase your awareness of heart disease and what factors may increase your risk for heart-related problems.
· A 10 minute wellness consultation with a Wellness Specialist is included. The consultation will focus on cardiac risk factor education, identification of non-modifiable and modifiable risks, and lifestyle behavior change options.
· During your exam, you will lie in your clothing on a table with a donut-shaped scanner around your chest. The scanner takes a picture of your heart while you hold your breath for approximately 20 seconds. The information acquired during your CT exam is then interpreted by a radiologist and the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries is quantified. A report is sent to the physician designated at the time of scheduling.
· After your heart score is finished, we will mail your results to you. If your coronary calcium score is high, you will be notified by phone to discuss what your next steps should be.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease, also known as atherosclerosis, occurs when the arteries carrying blood and oxygen to the heart become clogged with plaque. The plaque build-up slows blood flow to the heart muscle and increases the chance of fatal and non-fatal heart attack.
Heart Score can detect the presence of coronary artery disease. People with three or more of the following factors are at increased risk of heart disease.
· High Blood Pressure
· High Cholesterol
· Family history of heart disease
· Sedentary lifestyle
· Overweight by 20 percent or more
· High stress lifestyle
· Men over 45 years of age
· Women over 55 years of age