Knowing the physical condition of the arteries in your heart could save your life. A quick and easy procedure, St. Francis Healthy Heart Scan, provides pictures of your heart's arteries. The test is reviewed by a radiologist and a report is provided to you and your physician. With this non-invasive, high speed CT technology, you could be breathing easier about your heart health!
The Preventive Heart Scan
Most people who die from a heart attack had no previous symptoms. Knowing the physical condition of the arteries in your heart could save your life. A quick and easy procedure, the Healthy Heart Scan, evaluates the coronary arteries of men and women who may be at risk, even though they may be symptom-free. The Healthy Heart Scan, which is offered at St. Francis Diagnostic Services, uses breakthrough high-speed CT technology that does not require any intravenous contrast. All you are required to do is hold your breath for about 30 seconds while the CT scanner slides over your chest area as you're lying on your back, resting comfortably. You could be just a breath away from breathing easier about your heart health with this heart scan, which provides you and your physician with valuable information about the physical condition of your coronary arteries.
What's a calcium score?
Heart scans, also known as coronary calcium scans, provide pictures of your heart's arteries (coronary arteries). Doctors use heart scans to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries that can narrow your arteries and increase your heart attack risk. The result of this test is often called a coronary calcium score. A board-certified radiologist reviews your test results and a calcium score report is provided to you and your physician. Early detection of coronary artery disease can assist your physician in recommending treatment or lifestyle changes that can slow, stabilize, or even reverse coronary artery disease.
Some Facts About Heart Disease
- Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States.
- Every minute one person in America dies from a heart attack.
- More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined.
- Thirty percent of men and women in the United States will experience a heart attack during their lives.
- Forty five percent of all heart attacks occur between the ages of 45 and 65.
- Approximately 80 percent of people under age 65 in the United States who died from heart disease did so during their first heart attack.
- More than 50 percent of those who die suddenly from heart disease had no previous symptoms.
Who should have a Healthy Heart Scan?
Men over 30 or women over 40 with one or more of the following cardiovascular risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Low HDL ( good cholesterol)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Family history of heart disease
You should NOT have a Healthy Heart Scan if you…
- Are over 75 years old
- May be pregnant
- Have known coronary disease
- Have a very irregular heartbeat
How do I schedule my Healthy Heart Scan?
Contact your primary care physician to order the test for you, or call Diagnostic Services, directly at 952.428.2151 to schedule your screening.
Coverage of this procedure is subject to the terms of your policy, we encourage you to call your insurance company to determine coverage.
If your insurance company covers the exam, your out of pocket cost will be based on your insurance company's contract with Allina Hospitals and Clinics and terms of your policy and may be more than $100. We cannot limit your liability to $100.
If your insurance company does not cover the test and the terms of your policy have been met, you will receive a bill from Allina Hospitals and Clinics for near $600.
If you choose to pay for your scan or if you do not have insurance, the cost is $100 paid at the time of your appointment. Typically, the cost of the scan is reimbursable through flexible health spending accounts.
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