A Heart Scan is a CT scan conducted on St. Anthony's 16-slice CT scanner measruing the calcium load in the coronary arteries which can lead to future cardiac events, such as a heart attack. The information provided by the scan can be used by your physician to recommend appropriate interventions.
Why should I have a Heart scan?
- Even though you feel great, you could still be at risk for heart disease. Fifty percent of people do not have symptoms prior to a heart attack
- A Heart Scan will give you the necessary information to determine your risk for having a heart attack.
- Once you have a Heart Scan, if you are at advanced risk, your physician can help you reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Is a Heart Scan a difficult, or painful test?
The Heart Scan procedure is simple; all you have to do is lie down and let the CT scanner do the work. There are not injections or radioactive dyes. The scan is easy, non-invasive and non-claustrophobic.
For more information, see Heart Care Services Frequently Asked Questions