Coronary Calcium Score
(Heart Scan)

Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death, and unfortunately, many do not find out they have heart disease until it’s too late!

The coronary calcium score is a fast, safe and easy CT scan of the heart. It’s the only widely used non-invasive screening test that can accurately detect—or rule out—the presence of coronary artery atherosclerosis in otherwise healthy individuals. The test uses advanced low-dose CT imaging and special software to detect the presence of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, which is an indicator of how likely you are to have underlying heart disease that can lead to heart attacks.

A Heart Scan is not covered by most insurance companies but is affordable at Imaging Healthcare Specialists for just $175.

If you have high blood cholesterol, a family history of heart attacks, diabetes, smoke cigarettes or are overweight this may be recommended by your physician. We offer our Heart Scan service at our La Jolla and Oceanside locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Your Coronary Calcium Score Important?

Knowing your coronary calcium score is important because it shows any signs of heart disease like atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries), which can lead to a heart attack. This number also helps predict the likeliness of future cardiovascular issues. 

How is Your Coronary Calcium Score Determined?

Through the scans mentioned above, your calcium coronary score is calculated through advanced low-dose CT imaging and medical programs that determine calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

What Age Should I Get Scanned?

It is wise for anyone 50 years or older, and then follow the recommendations of their physician.

How Often Should I Get My Coronary Calcium Score Checked?

People with a family history of heart disease, or individuals with risk factors of heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smokers are strongly advised to schedule an exam.

Who Should Prioritize Getting Coronary Calcium Scans?

It is recommended to get your coronary calcium score scanned every 3-5 years. Some low-risk patients may be able to stretch it to 5-7 years, while higher-risk patients should be proactive and get scanned every three years.

How Long Does the Scan Take?

The CT scan itself takes about ten minutes, but from start to finish, you should budget about 30 minutes in total 

What IHS Locations Can I Get a Coronary Calcium Score Test At?

We offer coronary calcium testing at both our La Jolla and Oceanside locations. 

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