Find out if you are at risk for the most common form of heart disease.
heart scan is a non-invasive, specialized x-ray test that captures images of your heart. The images help your doctor detect if you are at risk for coronary heart disease.
Who should get a Heart Scan?
- Are a male over age 45 or a female over age 55
- Have a family history of coronary artery disease
- Are a past or present smoker
- Have a history of high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure
- Are overweight or have an inactive lifestyle
then you may have an increased risk for future coronary artery disease.
A heart scan is one way to better understand your risk for coronary heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack.
One easy test can help you learn about your risk for coronary artery disease.
This $49 scan is self-pay only and due at the time of service.
Your insurance company will not be billed.
Do I need an order from my doctor?
Frequently Asked Questions:
We are happy to contact your doctor for you. We recommend that after the test you follow up with your primary care doctor or cardiologist and discuss the results of any tests performed.
Why is it done?
Plaque is composed of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood. Plaque inside the arteries of your heart can eventually grow and restrict or block the flow of blood to the muscles of the heart. The measurement of calcified plaque found with a heart scan may enable your doctor to identify possible coronary artery disease before you have signs and symptoms.
The outcome of the test may indicate the need for medication or lifestyle changes to decrease your chances of having a heart attack or other heart problem.
Will my insurance pay for this test?
This $49 test is self-pay only. Your insurance company will not be billed. You should discuss with your insurance whether you can submit a claim for reimbursement.
Who can have a heart scan?
A coronary calcium scan, called a heart scan, benefits people with a moderate risk of heart disease the most.
However, to qualify for the test you must:
What are the risks?
- Not have a pacemaker
- Be age 45 or older
- Have no previous history of heart disease
- Not had a heart scan in the past 5 years
Because a heart scan uses x-ray technology, the patient is exposed to radiation. The amount of exposure is generally considered safe, however, radiation exposure is not recommended when there is no likely benefit to getting the scan.
Preparation for heart scan
No caffeine, chocolate or smoking 12 hours prior to the test.
After the procedure
There usually aren't any special precautions you need to take after having a heart scan. You should be able to drive yourself home and continue your daily activities. Results will be available on MyChart or sent to your primary care physician.
How often can I have the test?
If your results are normal, it is recommended that the test be done every five years.
Does this test require an order from my physician?
Yes, a Heart Scan requires an order from your primary care provider, however, we will help you obtain the order after your appointment is scheduled.