Identify Heart Disease in its Early Stages

If you are at risk for heart disease, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has a screening test that can help detect the amount of calcium deposits, or plaque, in coronary arteries. A computed tomography (CT) Heart Score is a noninvasive test that can identify heart disease in its early stages.

The test uses specialized CT scan technology to take rapid cross-sectional images of your heart. Those images can show calcium build-up in your arteries, a potential sign of coronary artery disease. These images can help you and your physician determine whether any lifestyle changes are needed to reduce or avoid the risks of heart disease.

This noninvasive test takes approximately 15 minutes. There are no needles, dyes or liquids to swallow.

Is This Test Right for You?

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center values the appropriate use of medical testing. If you are a male age 35-70 or a female age 40-70 with any of the following risk factors, the CT Heart Score may provide valuable information to your physician about your heart health.

Heart disease risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Overweight
  • Smoking
  • Inactivity
  • Stress