Heart disease in your family?
Now there’s a better way to determine your heart disease risk.
The Coronary Calcium Score is the only non-invasive test that can accurately detect—or rule out—the presence of heart disease in otherwise healthy individuals and is offered at Radiology Associates of Hartford’s Central Connecticut imaging centers.
The coronary calcium score, also referred to as a Heart Scan, is the new standard for stratifying cardiac risk and is offered at Radiology Associates of Hartford (RAH).
It is performed with a computed tomography (CT) scanner and special software to determine if the coronary arteries are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque—an indicator for atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease.
Its superiority to other risk assessment methods, like cholesterol and blood pressure, has been demonstrated in numerous clinical studies encompassing more than 20,000 patient-years of observation. Additionally, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Education (SHAPE) and other supporters recommend this test because:
- It has been shown to be five (5) times more accurate than other risk assessment methods at predicting which patients are at risk for coronary artery disease
- Information gained from the calcium score can more accurately identify patients requiring cholesterol-lowering therapy, helping to reduce instances of unnecessary, costly medication
- The test can also be used, over time, to effectively measure the response to targeted therapy
The coronary calcium score is fast, non-invasive and inexpensive at just $99. Call Radiology Associates of Hartford at (860) 969-6400 for more information about a heart scan or to schedule your calcium score at one of our Hartford, CT imaging centers today!