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 difference.
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 board-certified radiologist.
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 know.
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.