Calcium score tests risk for heart disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in America, and nearly 50 percent of heart attacks occur in people with no previous history of heart disease.

Baton Rouge Cardiology Center offers an affordable calcium score heart scan that uses a state-of-the-art, high-speed CT scanner to measure the amount of calcium, or plaque, in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease. It is a noninvasive, safe and painless test that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Early detection is everything.

The best candidates for this test are:

  • Men and women ages 35 and older.
  • Anyone with one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Our cardiovascular specialists will read and interpret your calcium score, and the results will help identify the next steps for your care. Equipped with this information, your physician can recommend lifestyle changes to help slow, stop or even reverse heart disease.

If you have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD), this test likely will not provide any additional information regarding your cardiovascular status. Experts agree that you should not get a calcium score heart scan if you’ve had a heart attack, undergone coronary bypass surgery or had angioplasty with or without stent placement. A calcium score is meant as a screening tool for someone who may be at risk of heart disease — not someone who already has heart disease.

This test is available for $75 (a $260 value) through Baton Rouge Cardiology Center.
Call (225) 214-7730 to schedule a screening appointment.