Guiding heart care with a quick and painless CT screening
According to the American Heart Association, about 2 in 10 deaths from coronary artery disease (CAD) happen in adults less than 65 years old. As we age, plaque begins to build up inside our arteries. This build-up of plaque is called coronary artery disease. It is a slow, progressive condition that can go undetected for years. This build-up can limit or block the flow of blood to the heart, resulting in a heart attack. Fortunately, coronary artery disease, and the risk factors that lead to it, can be successfully treated when detected in early stages.
What is a HeartSmart CT scan?
The HeartSmart CT Scan is an early detection screening for people who are not having symptoms, but who are at moderate risk for developing coronary artery disease. A CT scanner is used to identify hard calcified plaque buildup inside the heart arteries. The amount of hardened plaque is assigned a score. Higher scores indicate a higher risk for experiencing a heart attack. The HeartSmart CT Scan can help your provider to better determine the level of risk and guide them in how to approach treatment.