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Calcium Heart Scan - What Is It?


Calcium Heart Scan - What Is It?

A Calcium Heart Scan is a CT coronary artery scan (heart blood vessels) that measures the amount of calcified or hardened fatty deposits, or plaque, inside your heart's arteries.  Calcified plaque can lead to atherosclerosis - also known as hardening of the arteries - and appears years before the development of heart disease symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain.

The doctor will use the calcium score to calculate your future risk of coronary artery disease.

There is no need for injections, preparations or fasting.  The scan is painless and only takes about 30 minutes.  You will remain fully clothed.  The Calcium Heart Scan is conducted in the Radiology Department in the Center for Advanced Medicine on St. Mary's campus. 

Your scan will be sent to the physician of your choice and a copy will be mailed to you.  After reviewing the scan, you and your physician can discuss whether further action is needed.

For more information or to find out if the Calcium Heart Scan will benefit you, contact the Heart and Stroke Screening Line at (812) 485-5233.

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