Coronary Artery Calcium Score

Early detection is everything.

Many times, people with heart disease* have few visible symptoms. Yet heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in America.

Now there’s a non-invasive test that could save your life or the life of someone you love.  Our calcium score heart scan is an excellent  screening tool that measures the amount of  calcium (plaque) in the coronary arteries.

Calcium is medically proven to be a clinical marker for coronary artery disease and has been confirmed to be a powerful predictor of heart attacks, sudden death and other manifestations of coronary heart disease. This screening tool detects plaque years, or even decades, before stress testing or any other type of non-invasive technology. The sooner coronary artery disease is detected, the greater the chance it can be stopped or reversed, often by  medication or simple lifestyle changes. The key is early detection

Who Should Consider a Calcium Score Heart Scan?

Prime candidates for a calcium score heart scan are men and women age 35-plus or with one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a history of cardiac disease in the family.

Is there any reason why I should NOT have a Cardiac CT for Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring?

  • If you have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease (CAD) this test will unlikely 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. If you are at high risk of heart disease, consult your doctor before having a calcium score screening. In these cases, you should already be under a doctor’s care for treatment of existing heart disease or aggressive prevention strategies. 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.
  • Also, because of the radiation exposure, DO NOT get a CT scan if you’re pregnant.
  • Please note: Our CT scan equipment can only accommodate patients up to 400 lbs.

What is the cost of a calcium score? Is the calcium score screening covered by insurance?

Because this is considered an elective screening, this procedure is NOT an insurance covered benefit.

Know Your Heart Disease Risk Factors

You may have an increased chance of developing heart disease if you are over age 35 and have even one of these risk factors:

  • Family history of cardiovascular disease
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, light-headedness, dizziness or loss of consciousness
  • Previous heart attack or stroke
  • Heart murmur diagnosis
  • Alcohol dependence
  • High blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic lung condition
  • Smoking habit
  • Excess weight

Schedule a Screening Appointment

We are happy to assist you in scheduling a Baton Rouge Cardiology Center screening appointment.

You may send a request to us through our online form here. You may also speak with a scheduling representative directly at (225) 214-7730.