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Cardiac Scoring | Coronary CT

Services performed at: Lennon Rd-Flint

Are you at Risk for a Heart Attack?

Coronary artery disease is the “silent killer” with 3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Some warning signs are apparent, including unusual pain in the left armpit, arm and upper chest; unexplained heartburn; and malaise, tiredness or “just not feeling right.” Why be uncertain – learn about coronary CT.

What Is Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring

Coronary CT (computed tomography) for cardiac scoring provides a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease caused by calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, which provides the blood supply that the heart muscle itself needs to function.

If calcified plaque is present, this exam identifies the location and extent of disease. X-rays from the CT scanner are used to generate detailed images of the inside of the coronary artery.

A radiologist then examines the images for indicators of calcium deposits and assigns a score on a scale of 0 (no evidence of coronary artery disease) to 400 (extensive evidence of coronary artery disease). This information helps the patient’s primary care provider or cardiologist assess what level of further monitoring or treatment may be necessary.

Who Can Benefit From Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring?

Your doctor may recommend a coronary CT for cardiac scoring if you have any of the following risk factors for coronary artery disease:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease or heart attacks in your family medical history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

The exam is a fast, painless alternative to invasive or physically demanding tests.

Services performed at: Lennon Rd-Flint

Are you at Risk for a Heart Attack?

Coronary artery disease is the “silent killer” with 3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Some warning signs are apparent, including unusual pain in the left armpit, arm and upper chest; unexplained heartburn; and malaise, tiredness or “just not feeling right.” Why be uncertain – learn about coronary CT.

What Is Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring

Coronary CT (computed tomography) for cardiac scoring provides a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease caused by calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, which provides the blood supply that the heart muscle itself needs to function.

If calcified plaque is present, this exam identifies the location and extent of disease. X-rays from the CT scanner are used to generate detailed images of the inside of the coronary artery.

A radiologist then examines the images for indicators of calcium deposits and assigns a score on a scale of 0 (no evidence of coronary artery disease) to 400 (extensive evidence of coronary artery disease). This information helps the patient’s primary care provider or cardiologist assess what level of further monitoring or treatment may be necessary.

Who Can Benefit From Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring?

Your doctor may recommend a coronary CT for cardiac scoring if you have any of the following risk factors for coronary artery disease:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease or heart attacks in your family medical history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

The exam is a fast, painless alternative to invasive or physically demanding tests.

 

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