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A coronary calcium score is a test for people at risk for heart disease who do not have symptoms. The test uses computed tomography (CT) to check for calcium build-up in the walls of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries wrap around the heart and supply it with blood and oxygen. Calcium in these arteries is a sign of heart disease.
During the test, a CT scanner takes pictures of your heart in thin sections. The result is a score based on the amount of calcium seen on the pictures. The higher your calcium score, the higher your risk for coronary artery disease. The test takes about 15 minutes and emits low levels of radiation exposure.
Your physician may want you to have a coronary calcium score screening if you have risk factors for heart disease. This test may be most helpful for people who do not have symptoms but who are at medium risk for heart disease. Medium risk means that you have a 10% to 20% chance of having a heart attack in the next ten years, based on your risk factors. Risk factors include age, weight, blood pressure, gender, family history, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes. Talk with your physician about your risk for heart disease. This scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.
A coronary calcium score screening can give your physician more information about your risks for heart disease, especially if you already have risk factors. If your score is high, for example, your physician may prescribe medicines to lower these risks. A high score may also lead to other tests and treatments that could help you avoid a heart attack. If you are concerned as to whether you should undergo a Coronary Calcium Score Screening, speak with your physician.
There are two screening locations to serve you:
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano Monday - Friday 1100 Allied Drive Plano, TX 75093
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Denton Monday - Friday 2801 S. Mayhill Road Denton, TX 76208
The Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care is an outpatient facility owned and operated by Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Denton or Baylor Scott & White Health.