Cardiac scoring is a simple, painless, and non-invasive three-minute procedure. Patients remain in their street clothes and lie on a table while their heart is being scanned by an advanced high-speed CAT scan. The scan detects dangerous calcium buildup in the coronary arteries which could block blood flow and cause heart failure.
Physicians recommend a cardiac scoring exam for those in three or more of the following categories:
- Men over age 45
- Women over age 55
- Current or former smokers
- A family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
To undergo cardiac scoring at Rex, a physician order is needed.