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Heart Scan

A Heart Scan is a CT scan conducted on St. Joseph's 64-slice CT scanner measuring the calcium load in the coronary arteries which can lead to future cardiac events, such as a heart attack. The information provided by the scan can be used by your physician to recommend appropriate interventions.


Why should I have a Heart scan?

Even though you feel great, you could still be at risk for heart disease. Fifty percent of people do not have symptoms prior to a heart attack

A Heart Scan will give you the necessary information to determine your risk for having a heart attack.

Once you have a Heart Scan, if you are at advanced risk, your physician can help you reduce your risk of having a heart attack.

Is a Heart Scan a difficult, or painful test?

The Heart Scan procedure is simple; all you have to do is lie down and let the CT scanner do the work. There are no injections or radioactive dyes. The scan is easy, non-invasive and non-claustrophobic.