Calcium Score Screening is a noninvasive technique used to detect calcium buildup in the coronary arteries. Calcium buildup in the arteries can narrow you arteries and increase your risk for heart attack. It is also an indication of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart attacks and death. The amount of calcium can be used to calculate a score that, combined with other health information, helps determine your risk of coronary artery disease or heart attack.
A Calcium Score Screening may be useful in patients with:
- family or personal history of coronary artery disease
- male over 45 years of age, female over 55 years of age
- past or present smoker
- history of high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure
- inactive lifestyle
Anyone with the following conditions should not have a Calcium Score Screening:
- CABG (Coronary Bypass Grafts)
- Coronary Stents
- Exceeds table limit weight of 500 lbs
- Previous diagnosis of heart disease
How to prepare:
- Avoid smoking and caffeine (soda, tea, coffee, chocolate) at least12 hours prior to
- Avoid any stimulants and medications contraindicated with nitrates, such as Viagra, Cialis,
- Avoid energy drinks, diet pills, and decongestants 24 hours prior to exam
- A heart rate of 72 bpm or lower is needed for this exam
o The patients ordering physician may pre-medicate the patient for the desired result.
After the test, you will be able to drive yourself home and continue your daily activities.