Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the number one cause of mortality in both men and women in the United States. The need to detect coronary atherosclerosis early in its course has been well recognized and many studies have documented the ability to alter the progression of coronary atherosclerosis by modifying certain risk factors.
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring is a non-invasive, non-exercise-dependent examination for the identification and quantification of calcified lesions in the coronary arteries. Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring can be used not only to evaluate the presence of calcified atherosclerotic plaque and the risk of CAD, but also to monitor progression of plaque development and to assess therapies and interventions designed to reduce mortality from CAD.
The exam takes about 15 minutes and has a minimal radiation dose.
CT coronary artery calcium scoring is most valuable for anyone experiencing one or more of these risk factors:
- Men 45 and older
- Women 55 and older
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- High stress levels
- Sedentary lifestyle
Reimbursement by insurers is varies so patients should check with their insurance company prior to scheduling an examination so they understand their financial obligations at the time of service.