Simple and effective are the words that define a screening now available at Cabell Huntington Hospital to detect heart disease in its earliest stages. Known as Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring, this test is currently one of the most advanced methods for assessing your risk for heart disease, including a fatal heart attack that may not show any warning signs.
Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring is a noninvasive, painless, 10-minute heart screening to check for the presence of calcium in the coronary arteries. The test uses a CT scanner to enable doctors to identify heart disease in its earliest stages, prevent it from worsening and reduce your heart attack risk. Cabell Huntington Hospital, the region's first and only SHAPE/Heart Health Certified Center of Excellence, is offering these screenings for $99 (now $75) in the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center at 1249 15th Street in Huntington.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading killer in America today. Every 60 seconds, someone in the US dies from a heart attack; more than half of them had no previous symptoms. Although not everyone is at risk for heart disease, many residents in the Tri-State region have one or more of the risk factors, including age (men over 45/women over 55), smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, lack of regular exercise and a family history of heart disease.
Learn more about Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring and take a quiz to help you decide if this test is right for you. A physician referral is not necessary. To schedule your exam, please call 304-526-2125.