As part of American Heart Month, you may be thinking about your health and whether you’re at risk for a heart attack. There’s a safe test that can give you an answer, yet few people know about the procedure, called a Calcium Score CT Scan, and how readily available it is.
In about two minutes, the CT Scan machine uses X-rays to create images of your heart and the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. Calcium detected in the heart arteries is a marker for plaque in the arteries, which is coronary artery disease.
You may want to consider having a Calcium Score CT Scan if you’re young to middle-aged and have risk factors such as:
Other heart attack risk factors include:
Your health care professional can discuss your heart attack risks and how to reduce them.