Are you at risk for heart disease?

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Most people who die from a heart attack have no previous symptoms. However, there are a multitude of risk factors that could lead to heart disease and complications if not detected and treated properly. Do you know how at risk you are for heart disease? Take our free online heart health assessment from HeartAware here. This assessment is not intended to be a diagnostic tool but can point out any red flags to bring to your primary care provider. 

Knowing the condition of your heart could save your life.

A Heart Scan can identify your risk of a heart attack before you experience symptoms of heart disease.

The Heart Team at Bon Secours is offering the latest in cardiovascular diagnostic testing—a Heart Scan—for $129.

What is a Heart Scan?

A Heart Scan provides a picture of your heart’s arteries (coronary arteries). Doctors use heart scans to look for calcium in the coronary arteries and to look for blockages. The result of this is called a coronary calcium score.

Coronary calcium scoring is the most effective, noninvasive method to identify the presence of CAD (Coronary Artery Disease). CAD is the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States. CAD occurs as plaque clogs and narrows the heart arteries.

Bon Secours employs a state-of-the-art CT imaging system to measure the buildup of calcified plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries. CT scanners use X-rays. For your safety, the amount of radiation is kept to a minimum.

Based on your calcium score, your doctor will tailor your treatment to lower your risk of a heart attack.

To schedule your Heart Scan or for more information, please call 1-800-691-4327.

Who should be screened?

A Heart Scan is recommended for those at risk of developing heart disease, but who do not have any symptoms. You may consider calcium scoring if you are a man over 40 or woman over 50 with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of heart disease and/or stroke
  • History of high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol
  • Diabetic over 35 years old
  • History of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Overweight
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • High stress levels

What to expect

A Heart Scan screen can identify your risk of a heart attack before you experience symptoms of heart disease. You simply lie down, fully clothed, and the scan lasts only a few minutes. Your total appointment time should be less than one hour. A radiologist experienced in reading CTs and Heart Scans will analyze your images and send a report to you and, with your approval, your physician. If your report indicates you are at risk, a Bon Secours cardiologist and your primary care physician will determine next steps for your treatment.

Because the Heart Scan is a screening test, it is not covered by insurance, so patients are responsible for the cost of the exam. Bon Secours is offering this test for $129, payable by check, credit card or cash.