Give us 10 minutes to determine your HeartScore
Just 10 minutes—and the information you get from this scanned image of your heart can make a lifetime of difference. Baptist DeSoto is pleased to offer this technically advanced, potentially lifesaving procedure.
What is a HeartScore?
HeartScore (also known as coronary calcium scoring) is a special noninvasive CT scan of your heart that measures the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. Although calcium is necessary for many body functions, it also deposits as plaque in arteries. Recent research has shown a direct correlation between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and the likelihood of a future heart attack.
Who can benefit most?
HeartScore is appropriate for both men and women, ages 40 to 70, who have any of the following risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High blood pressure
- High stress levels
HeartScore is not recommended for people experiencing any of the following:
- Chest pain
- Coronary artery disease
- Resting heart rate above 90 beats per minute
How does HeartScore work?
A heart CT scan takes a series of cross-sectional images of your heart, detecting even small amounts of calcium in the coronary arteries. The amount and density of the calcium are calculated to determine your calcium score, or “HeartScore.” The score shows how you fit into various age and risk profiles and whether you are at risk for obstructive coronary artery disease.
How does it feel? How long will it take?
HeartScore is a painless, noninvasive scan that takes approximately 10 minutes. The entire process takes less than 45 minutes.
How can the HeartScore help me?
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 80 million American adults have heart disease — the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. HeartScore helps detect plaque buildup at a time when it can be treated.
Heart disease can be slowed, stabilized, and in some cases reversed, if it is detected in the early stages. Patients are usually diagnosed after they develop symptoms. However, the scan makes it possible to diagnose heart disease before symptoms appear and helps your physician develop an appropriate strategy to maintain your cardiac health. For an individual with exceptionally high risk, your doctor may recommend further testing.
A physician's referral may be required to schedule the test. We encourage all our patients to work with their physicians in incorporating the results into their own preventive health care plan.