Do you know your score? The BSA Heart and Vascular Center is offering coronary artery calcium scoring for $100.
Coronary artery calcium scoring is a CT (X-Ray) scan that takes pictures of the coronary arteries to detect heart problems before heart attack symptoms occur.
The scan detects and measures calcium-containing plaque in the heart’s arteries. A buildup of plaque inside the arteries of the heart can eventually grow, harden and block the flow of blood to the muscles of the heart. This may reduce the oxygen supply to other parts of the body. Calcium deposits in the coronary arteries may indicate the development or presence of Coronary Artery Disease, the most common type of heart disease. Plaque can also burst, triggering a blood clot that can cause a heart attack.
The amount of detected calcium provides a measurement of how much plaque has accumulated (Agatston score). The higher your score, the more important it is for you and your doctor to review the results and come up with a treatment plan. This may include changes in your diet, exercise routine or medications.
Knowing your score could save your life. The test is quick, painless and only $100 at BSA. Talk to your health care provider about coronary artery calcium scoring and if it’s right for you.
To schedule an appointment, please call (806) 212-8888. A physician’s referral is required. To learn more about the BSA heart and vascular center, click here.