What exactly is Cardiac Scoring? Coronary calcium scans use a special X-ray test called computed tomography (CT) to check for the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of the arteries of the heart. A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. This test allows your physician to calculate your risk of heart attack and to detect early blockage and dangerous cholesterol plaque buildup.
Does it hurt? Not at all! During your exam, you will be attached to a cardiac monitor. The scanner takes an image of your beating heart while you hold your breath for approximately 20 seconds.
Is it expensive? Sumner Medical is currently running a $65 Cardiac Scoring special again for the month of June. The great thing about this special is that the scoring does NOT require an order from your primary care physician and it is only $65, which is the LOWEST price for this test in Sumner County.
How does it benefit me? Cardiac CT for calcium scoring is a convenient and noninvasive way of evaluating whether you may be at increased risk for a heart attack.
Where can I go? Visit Sumner Regional Medical Center Services. Or, to schedule an appointment, call (615) 328-6500.
Sumner Regional Medical Center
555 Hartsville Pike
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066