Heart Scan Can Save Your Life

A Heart Scan Can Save Your Life

Heart Scan

A heart scan is the safest and most accurate screening tool for detecting the early build-up of calcium in the coronary arteries — the most common cause of heart disease. This simple, painless and potentially lifesaving test takes just 15 minutes and costs $79. 

This is a service rendered by the Imaging department at Johnson Memorial Hospital as a self-referred, out-of-pocket screening exam. The results are interpreted by our Radiologist group and provided to the patient at the time of service.

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Who Should Have a Heart Scan?

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have created guidelines to help you and your doctor determine if a heart scan is right for you. You could likely benefit from this powerful screening tool if you:

  • Have high or borderline-high blood pressure. Blood pressure should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. View a chart reflecting blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.
  • Have high or borderline-high cholesterol. Total cholesterol should normally be less than 200 mg/dL. A result of 200 to 239 mg/dL is considered borderline high, and a result of 240 mg/dL and above is considered high.
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Are over 40
  • Are overweight or obese. This means your Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than 25. View a BMI chart from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Smoke

A heart scan is not useful if you have low heart attack risk. For example, if you are under 40, don't smoke and have normal cholesterol and blood pressure. Also, if you have already had a heart attack or had treatment for coronary heart disease, a heart scan won't be useful. That's because your doctor will already know you are at high risk and a heart scan won't provide any new information about your treatment plan.

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