Calcium scoring uses noninvasive, high-speed computed tomography (CT) to scan your heart and detect calcium deposits along the walls of arteries. The procedure then produces a “score” that identifies the number and locations of any calcium deposits, taking into account other factors such as age, family history and cholesterol level. Calcification in the coronary arteries is the earliest indicator of heart disease.
Reasons for the Procedure
Calcium scoring is one of the most advanced methods available to detect heart disease in its earliest stages. There’s no better time than now to prevent heart disease, because statistics like these continue to remind us of its tragic effects:
A stroke prevention screening provides early detection for people with disease risk factors. Iowa Specialty Hospital has certified ultrasound technicians perform screenings and a board certified radiologist review tests in-house.
By choosing to have a stroke prevention screening, you will be providing your provider with valuable information so that the two of you can be proactive about your health and your future.
Though your provider may order preventive screenings, insurance providers often do not cover them unless you are having symptoms. Unfortunately more than 80% of all people who suffer a stroke show no obvious symptoms or warning signs.
Accuracy and quality are very important, so we make every effort to balance that with respect for your time. A typical screening takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the severity of disease, your vascular anatomy, and your body type.
Two or more of the following conditions put you at risk of having a stroke:
Please note that a coronary calcium scoring and a stroke prevention screening are elective procedures that are not covered by insurance. While they are an out-of-pocket expense, they are important tests that provide baseline results for you to share with your provider for your continued healthcare. To schedule either or both screenings, call 515-532-9353.