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Press Release Archive (2016)

Heart CT Calcium Scoring Helps Detect Heart Disease

Heart CT Calcium ScoringThe first sign of coronary artery disease is calcification — calcium deposits in plaque on the inside walls of your arteries. Using a special imaging technique called high-speed CT, plaque and calcification are measured, yielding what’s called a cardiac calcium score. The higher the score, the greater the risk of having a cardiac event like a heart attack.

But calcium scoring can also help prevent a heart attack. When considered along with other risk factors, it provides valuable guidance about how aggressively you should apply preventive measures such as taking cholesterol or blood pressure medication, weight loss or quitting smoking, for example.

Since coronary artery disease often doesn’t have symptoms until a cardiac episode occurs, a cardiac calcium score can help identify who could benefit from preventive evaluation and treatment. A physician’s order is not required for this appointment. The cost of the Heart CT Calcium Score Scan is $100 and you can schedule an appointment by calling 978-937-6023.

Learn more about our Heart CT Calcium Scoring Program.

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