Give us 10 minutes to determine your HeartScore™. Only 10 minutes —
that's quicker than some of your phone calls! And the information you
get from this scanned image of your heart can make a lifetime
Several Baptist hospitals are pleased to offer the technically advanced
procedure called HeartScore™. Recent research has shown a direct
correlation between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and
the likelihood of a future heart attack.
The HeartScore™ scan lets you detect heart disease long before any
symptoms appear. And here's the great part: no needles, no fasting, and
you don't have to run on a treadmill. No other non-invasive test can
find heart disease this early; even the stress test doesn't produce an
image of your coronary arteries.
The scan takes a series of cross-sectional images of the heart, allowing
the detection of even small amounts of calcium in the coronary
arteries. The amount and density of the calcium allow the calculation of
your calcium score, or HeartScore™. The score will show how you fit
into various age and risk profiles and whether you have any likelihood
of obstructive coronary artery disease in the future. If you are at
risk, your doctor will recommend an appropriate strategy to maintain
your cardiac health and may recommend further testing.
HeartScore™ is appropriate for both men and women, age 40 to 70, who
have any of the following risk factors: family history of heart disease,
high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, overweight, sedentary
lifestyle, high cholesterol or high stress level. Heart disease can be
slowed, stabilized, and in some cases, reversed when a heart scan is
done and detects early signs of calcium in the coronary arteries.
We encourage patients to work with their doctor in incorporating the results of the scan into their own preventive health care plan. The test
includes the CT heart scan and a professional interpretation by a
Heart disease kills more Americans each year than all the types of
cancer combined. Two out of every four deaths in 1997 were caused by
heart disease. The worst news is that 58 million Americans have one or
more forms of heart disease. Are you at risk? A HeartScore™ will let you
Please call your local hospital about special pricing during the year.
Please refrain from ingesting caffeine six hours before a HeartScore test. An elevated heart rate may affect rest results.