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Importance of a Coronary Artery Calcium Scan

Why detection of coronary artery calcium is so important
The walls of normal coronary arteries do not contain calcium, but with coronary artery disease, calcium is deposited in the "plaque" buildup within the arteries. Studies have shown that a coronary artery calcium scan can very accurately measure the presence and amount of calcium within the walls of the coronary arteries, giving physicians a powerful indicator of the extent of coronary artery disease and who is at serious risk for heart attack.


Early detection of coronary artery disease is the best defense, allowing patients to begin treatment years before they develop heart attacks or other serious heart conditions. The Division of Cardiology at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals is pleased to provide coronary artery calcium scans for only $99. We are making this low price available so patients and their doctors can take advantage of this important tool in the early detection of coronary artery disease.

Know your risk for coronary artery disease! If you have any of the below risk factors, or a family history of heart disease, speak to your physician about getting a coronary artery calcium scan.

Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity

In addition, a number of psychosocial conditions including depression and chronic stress are also risk factors for coronary artery disease.

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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