How Healthy is Your Heart?
Find Out With Heart Scan.
About 735,000 people in the United States will have a heart attack this year. More than 100,000 of them will die.
Understand your risk for heart disease with Heart Scan coronary artery calcium scoring. Heart Scan is a quick, painless and non-invasive test that measures the amount of atherosclerotic plaque buildup in the coronary vessels. The total amount of plaque present is calculated to determine your Heart Scan score, which is an accurate predictor
How does it work?
In this episode of Better Health Radio, Dr. Christopher Daub discusses the process for Heart Scan.
of heart attack risk.
Knowing your Heart Scan score can help you and your physician take the steps necessary to decrease your chances of a heart attack. Heart Scan is quick, painless and non-invasive.
What You Can Expect
- You will remain fully clothed while being scanned by our state-of-the-art CT scanner.
- There are no injected dyes or invasive procedures, and there is no need to drink any special fluids.
- The screening will last less than 15 minutes.
Are You a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for Heart Scan if you have at least one of the following risk factors:
- You are between the ages of 45 and 85
- You smoke
- You are living with diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure
- You have a family history of heart disease
- You are overweight or obese
- You are physically inactive
Heart Scan can suggest the presence of coronary artery disease even when your arteries are less than 50 percent blocked. This is important, because more than half of all heart attacks occur with less than a 50 percent narrowing of the arteries.
Taking the Next Step
Heart Scan is offered at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Test results will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and provided to your family physician for follow-up.
The cost for Heart Scan is $150, and a physician referral is required. Please note most insurance plans do not cover the cost of this screening test.
Take charge of your heart health. Ask your doctor for a referral to Heart Scan today.
Find out more about Heart Scan in this episode of A Health Care Minute with Dr. Christopher Daub: