Heart Scan

Heart Scan/Coronary Calcium Scoring FAQs

Are you at risk for heart disease? There is now a non-invasive test available at the University of Maryland Heart Center, through the University Imaging Center, called Coronary Calcium Scoring (also referred to as a Heart Scan) that can evaluate your risk in less than an hour.

Why should I get a scan?

  • Coronary Calcium Scoring is a test that will tell you your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

  • Coronary Calcium Scoring is a better predictor of coronary events than cholesterol screening or other non-invasive tests.

  • The information from the scan can assist your doctor with more information to manage your disease.

Who should get a scan?

Anyone with multiple risk factors such as: family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, stressful lifestyle, men over 35, postmenopausal women, sedentary lifestyle.

How do I get a scan?

Get a written order from your doctor or call the University Imaging Center, 410-328-3225 for your appointment.

What is involved with the test?

  • The test is performed on a Computed Tomography(CT) machine. While holding your breath the CT machine takes a series of pictures (X-rays) of your heart that will take approximately 20 seconds.
  • There is no preparation required and the test is painless.
  • The results are reviewed with you by a board certified radiologist.
  • You are given your score and your risk of having a heart attack.
  • The results are then forwarded to your referring physician.

When is the test performed?

The University Imaging Center is available to do your Coronary Calcium Scoring from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Does insurance cover this procedure?

Contact your insurance company to find out more information regarding your coverage.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

If you answer yes to any of the statements listed below, you may be at risk for heart disease.

  • You have a family history of heart disease.
  • You have a total cholesterol greater than 200 mg/dl.
  • You have hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • You use tobacco.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You are physically inactive.
  • You are overweight.
  • You are a male over age 35.
  • You are a postmenopausal female.

To learn more about Coronary Calcium Scoring or to schedule a test, call the University Imaging Center at 410-328-3225.

This page was last updated: July 15, 2013

         
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