A simple heart screening can help you keep your heart healthy
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women. But there’s good news: it can be treated if caught early. And one of the best and easiest preventive tests for your heart is a heart screening.
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There are different heart screenings designed to detect potential heart issues before they occur. One of the most common is the calcium score, a specialized X-ray that provides pictures of your heart to help detect and measure plaque buildup lining the walls of your coronary arteries.
Plaque buildup narrows the arteries, restricts blood flow to the heart and ultimately can lead to a heart attack if left unchecked. By detecting plaque buildup early, your doctor can provide a treatment plan to help you reduce your chances of a heart attack or stroke.
If you are 40 years or older and are at an increased risk for heart disease, you should consider a heart screening. You are at an increased risk if you:
- Are diabetic
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Are a past or present smoker
- Have a history of high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure
- Are overweight or lead an inactive lifestyle
We can help you manage your heart health by starting with a heart scan to detect potential issues before they happen. Plus, a heart scan can motivate you to make important lifestyle changes and follow treatment plans for a lifetime of good heart health.
A calcium score heart scan is a simple test that takes around 10-15 minutes. A technician will attach sensors, called electrodes, to your chest before the scan. These sensors connect to a device that records your heart activity and helps take X-ray pictures between heartbeats when the heart muscles are relaxed.
During the heart scan, you will lie on your back on a table that slides into a CT scanner. Your head is outside the scanner the whole time. You will lie still and hold your breath for a few seconds while the pictures are taken. After the procedure, you can drive yourself home and resume your normal activities.
At Portneuf Heart & Vascular Institute, cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons work with each other to provide high-quality, comprehensive care. With a combined experience of over 300 years, our specialized team is ready to get to the heart of your health issues and partner with you on a unique treatment plan. From our level II trauma center, state-of-the-art cardiac cath lab, hybrid operating room and dedicated cardiovascular and ICU care units to our cardiac rehabilitation center, our specialized team offers the most advanced treatments in medicine.
Led by some of the top cardiologists, surgeons and specialists in the region, we are the destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions. Our team focuses on preventive heart health and offers rapid intervention and total rehabilitative care when cardiac events occur.
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Call 208-239-3815 to schedule an appointment with Portneuf Medical Group primary care today, and ask about getting a $99 heart scan so you can live life, better.