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What is a Coronary Artery Calcium Score and What Does it Mean?

Am I A Candidate For Calcium Scanning?

How Is A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan Done?

What Are The Benefits of Calcium Scanning?

How To Schedule Your Test

Optional Counseling Session

Pricing Information



What is a Coronary Artery Calcium Score and What Does it Mean?
Each coronary artery calcium scan is given a numerical score depending on the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. The more calcium in the coronary arteries, the higher the score. The interpretation of the coronary artery calcium score is adjusted for the age and gender of the patient. However, there are some general rules:

  • A coronary artery calcium score of zero means you are unlikely to have coronary artery disease.

  • Score of 1-399: Calcified plaque is present in the coronary arteries and treatment of heart disease risk factors should be considered.

  • Score 400 or greater: Implies an increased risk for the complications of heart disease, and further testing to evaluate the extent of heart disease should be considered.


Am I A Candidate For Calcium Scanning?
A coronary calcium scan should be considered for men and women with coronary disease risk factors including:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Various psychosocial conditions including depression and chronic stress

In addition, if you have atypical chest pain or other symptoms possibly suggestive of heart disease, your physician may choose to do a coronary calcium scan to determine if you would benefit from a cardiac stress test.

How Is A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan Done?
A coronary artery calcium scan is a non-invasive and painless procedure. The test takes approximately 15 minutes to perform, including preparation. The test is performed with a CT scanner. You will lie on our scanner table and be asked to hold your breath for 10-15 seconds while the scanner takes a picture of your heart. There are no injections required for this procedure, and you do not have to hold your medications or fast for this test. In summary:

  • No preparation is necessary prior to the test!
  • The test is fast!
  • The test is safe!
  • The test involves no blood drawing!
  • The test does not require treadmill exercise!

What Are The Benefits of Calcium Scanning?
Calcium scanning is beneficial to your heart-health because it:

  • Provides you with an accurate estimate of your long-term risk for developing heart disease.

  • Provides your physician with information to advise you on the most appropriate lifestyle modifications and/or medications that you may require to prevent the development of overt heart disease.

  • Provides you with earlier treatment for heart disease than would otherwise be available with other screening methods.

How To Schedule Your Test
You may schedule your test by calling 212.636.1422, or you may complete this form. In New York State, a physician prescription is required to perform your test. On the day of your test, please bring your prescription referral with you. Alternatively, your physician may fax your prescription to 212.492.5555 (Attention: SLR Coronary Artery Calcium Detection Program) and we will have all of your paperwork waiting on the day of your test. If you do not have a referring physician, we can provide you with a screening referral by one of our cardiologists, which can be arranged by calling 212.636.1422.

All calcium scans and initial counseling sessions will take place at:
Columbus Circle Imaging
1790 Broadway (near W. 58th Street)
9th Floor

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Optional Counseling Session
Your physician will explain the significance of your calcium score to you. In addition, we offer the option of a one-on-one risk factor and lifestyle consultation session at the time of your calcium scan, during which time a cardiologist will review your coronary calcium scan and score with you. After accounting for your age, gender and risk factor profile, the cardiologist will provide you with guidance as to potential lifestyle modifications that may help reduce your cardiac risk and/or improve your overall health. A summary of all recommendations will be sent to your referring physician.

Pricing Information
Because it is a screening test, calcium scanning is not covered by most insurance plans. There are two pricing options:

  • Calcium scan only for $99

  • Calcium scan plus cardiologist consultation for $199

Payment is due at the time of testing, by cash, check or major credit card.

 

A physician prescription is required to receive a coronary artery calcium scan. If you do not have a physician, please call us at 212.636.1422 to arrange a referral.

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