With the new Heart CT Profile™ from Citizens Medical Center Radiology department, you can actually see the level of calcium build-up in your arteries – very possibly in time to prevent serious heart disease.
What is a Heart CT Profile™
Heart CT Profile™ FactsWho can benefit most?
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
The Heart CT Profile™ is not recommended for patients who have any of the following factors:
- Known coronary artery disease
- Resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute (resting tachycardia)
With Heart CT Profile™, we can measure the buildup of plaque, if any, and compare it to the standard for your age and gender. This test, along with other indicators, presents an overall picture of your heart health. Together, this will help your physician develop an appropriate heart health plan.
Unlike many medical tests, Heart CT Profile™ is fast, painless and non-invasive. This test and CMC facilities have been specifically designed with your comfort in mind. There is no preparation necessary for a heart scan. The entire process only takes about 45 minutes.
- The presence or absence of coronary calcium in your heart.
- The degree of calcification in your heart.
Once the volume and density of the calcium is measured, a number is assigned to each area where calcium is observed, and those numbers are totaled to give you a total “calcium score.”
A few days later, you will receive your score in the mail. A report will also be sent to your physician. It will show how you fit into various age and risk profiles and whether you have any likelihood of obstructive coronary artery disease. Scores may range from zero, representing no calcium observed, to more than 400, indicating the presence of significant calcium build-up. CMC recommends sharing the results of your test with your physician to determine what, if any, follow-up steps need to be taken.
Your calcium score can help you in a number of ways:
- It can detect the build-up of calcium earlier than any other technology
- It can help your physician develop the appropriate prevention strategy
- It can provide your physician with a tool that can measure the progression or regression of calcium build-up (atherosclerosis)
- It can reduce the need for other, more expensive and invasive tests
- It can give you peace of mind