In an ideal world, no-one would find out that they have coronary artery disease by suffering a heart attack. Anecdotal stories of people dying suddenly, too young, from a heart attack would be a thing of the past. In many respects, 2016 is a great time to be alive – it is the age of information. We know more than ever before about the impact of diet and exercise on our ability to live long lives and our ability to age well. But we still don’t know everything we could about how healthy our bodies are right now.
A CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score is a non-invasive, low-risk scan that checks your coronary arteries for the build-up of plaque. Significant build-up of plaque is a health concern because it can restrict the flow of blood through the arteries. Plaques can also break off and travel, potentially causing a blockage elsewhere. Both of these scenarios could lead to a heart attack. A Coronary Artery Calcium Score is a quick CT scan that takes approximately 20 minutes and calculates your calcium score – this indicates the absence or presence (and degree) of active coronary artery disease. A score of zero excludes active coronary artery disease to a 95% certainty*.
You don’t need a referral and there is no waiting list. The scan takes approximately 20 minutes – so it can be done during your lunch break and you will be given your score straight away. We send results electronically to your nominated primary health practitioner and our report includes not only your calcium score, but also a risk stratification and management guidance. This assists both you and your GP understand your calcium score results and what may be the appropriate next steps.
It’s 2016 and it’s time to stop worrying. Put coronary artery disease on notice: come and see us for your CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score today.
*Budoff M et al. Assessment of Coronary Artery Disease by Cardiac Computer Tomography. Circulation. 2006;114:1761-1791. Circulation is the official journal of the American Heart Association.
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