It’s important to know your risk for heart disease, which is directly correlated to the amount of plaque buildup in your arteries. Traditional methods such as CT scans are ok at doing this, but South Denver Cardiology has introduced a new and revolutionary method of assessing your risk. The Denver cardiologists call this new test the Calcium Heart Score. The test utilizes a volume computer system tomography technology that is capable of capturing images within five heartbeats of a beating heart, which is more than two times faster than a CT scan. The test is capable of detecting the amount of calcium buildup in your arteries, which is a major component of plaque. The more calcium buildup, the more plaque is present in your arteries. By being able to quantify the amount of plaque in your circulatory system, our cardiologists can accurately determine your risk percentage of contracting heart disease. Knowing your risk will help you find out just how urgent it is for you to start altering your lifestyle to combat plaque buildup. The test is effective, fast, and precise, and we have begun recommending the test to men over 35 and women over 40. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t get the test if you are younger. That is especially the case if you have two of any of the following risk factors:
- High Cholesterol
- Sedentary or stressful lifestyle
- Low HDL levels
- Elevated LDL
- Cigarette smoker or former smoker
- Elevated triglycerides
- Family history of heart disease
The test takes no more than five minutes, doesn’t require you to change your clothes, and only requires that you lay down for the scanner. Once the test is complete, our cardiologists will review your scans with you, and will then forward them to your radiologists and primary physician for further analysis. This test simply is cutting-edge in ensuring that you are ready to combat your risk for heart disease, and live a long, fulfilling life. Read more about the Calcium Heart Score on our website.
How To Use This Information
Preventive care is perhaps the most vital type of health care, and it is often covered by your health insurance provider. The reason for this is that it’s the least expensive step in a developing health risk, and knowing something could be coming can help you take measures to prevent or reverse it before things start to get more costly. If you fit the bill for our test’s profile, then make sure you schedule an appointment with us on our website, or call 303-744-1065.