What if there was a fast, painless and easy test that could detect coronary artery disease in its earliest stages? One that is non-invasive, requires no special preparation and can be scheduled at your convenience.
Good news…that test does, in fact, exist. Wabash County Hospital is pleased to now offer a cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring. The Heart Score CT takes less than 15 minutes and provides information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. The build-up of calcified plaque signals the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD). People with CAD are at an increased risk for heart attacks.
“We often hear coronary artery disease referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it can begin early in a person’s life and go undetected for many years,” explained Cindy Dyson, Radiology Department leader. “The Heart Score CT truly has the ability to save lives.”
A physician’s order is not required for the test, however speaking with your physician about a Heart Score CT is important for maintaining a good picture of your overall health. Those taking the test will be asked to avoid caffeine and exercise for eight hours prior to the scan.
The Heart Score CT is only $49 and payable at the time of your appointment. Appointments can be scheduled any time Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, please call 260.569.2117.