Premier Health Heart CT

Heart CT In Content Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. According to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon, approximately every 40 seconds an American will have a heart attack. Unfortunately, in its earliest and most treatable stages, heart disease rarely reveals itself through symptoms. For many people, a heart attack is the first clue of any heart trouble.

Does heart disease or stroke run in your family? Have you ever been told your blood pressure or cholesterol levels are high? Do you smoke? Do you have diabetes? Has a family member had a heart attack under the age of 65? With all of this in mind, you may be wondering how much you’re at risk of having a heart attack. Your concern could be answered by a Premier Health Heart CT. This an imaging test that takes less than 30 minutes, and known as coronary calcium scoring.

Find Heart Disease Before It Finds You

The heart is a muscle, and like any muscle, it needs a steady supply of oxygen to stay strong and healthy. Coronary arteries carry blood to the heart muscle. The inside walls of healthy arteries are clean and smooth, so blood flows easily. As we age, the arteries may become hard and thick. A buildup of plaque called arteriosclerosis, is the primary cause of coronary artery disease. Plaque may reduce blood flow and cause chest pain, or plaque can totally block blood flow and cause a heart attack.

Take a cardiovascular risk assessment.

A Premier Health Heart CT is designed to uncover early and advanced heart disease, sometimes before there are symptoms. It’s fast and easy. No needles. No dyes. No exercise. You don’t even have to change your clothes.

Knowing is Half the Battle

During the test, images are taken with a specially equipped computed tomography or CT scanner. These images provide a cross-sectional view of your coronary arteries and measures the amount of calcium in them. Calcium deposits can indicate plaque building up in coronary arteries that can increase the future risk of heart attack and heart-related chest pain (angina). A board-certified cardiologist and radiologist assess the results and give you a calcium score. A higher than expected calcium score for your age and gender has been associated with a higher chance of a future heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease and stroke.

Your calcium score will be sent to your primary health care provider. Depending on your calcium score, medication or lifestyle changes may be prescribed. Results may also open the door to additional testing for diagnosing and managing advanced heart disease.

How Is This Test Performed?

You will lie flat on your back on the CT examination table. A technologist will attach to your chest electrodes to monitor electrical activity of your heart with an electrocardiography (ECG) machine. This enables CT images to be taken between your heart’s contractions.

Lying on the table, you will move through the CT machine as it performs the scans. You’ll be asked to hold your breath for 10 to 20 seconds while images are being recorded. The time you are on the CT examination table is usually less than 10 minutes.

Heart Illustration Coronary Calcium Scan Image

Who Should Get a Premier Health Heart CT?

Adults who have one or more of the following risk factors:

Risks vs Benefits

CT scans result in more radiation exposure than regular X-rays, but the risk from a single scan is small. However, if there is a possibility you could be or become pregnant, inform your physician. Due to potential risk to the baby, CT scanning is not recommended for pregnant women, unless medically necessary.

Act Now and Protect Your Heart

Don't wait for chest pain and other symptoms to warn you of trouble – find heart disease before it finds you.

  • Cost is $99, payable at the time of your scan
  • The CT scan can be performed in under 30 minutes
  • Results will be sent to your primary health care provider
  • Convenient locations from Butler, Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties

Locations

CT Scan Map

Atrium Medical Center
One Medical Center Dr.
Middletown, Ohio 45005

Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St.
Dayton, Ohio 45409

Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St.
Englewood, Ohio 45415

Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr.
Centerville, Ohio 45459

Outpatient Cardiac Testing and Rehabilitation at Medical Imaging
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr.
Beavercreek, Ohio 45434

Outpatient Cardiac Testing and Rehabilitation at Medical Imaging
4940 Cottonville Rd.
Jamestown, Ohio 45335

Upper Valley Medical Center
3130 N. County Rd. 25A
Troy, Ohio 45373

Schedule your Premier Health Heart CT by calling (855) 887-7364(855) 887-7364 toll free.

Don't Give Your Heart to Just Anyone. Trust Premier Health.

Improving the quality of your life is at the heart of what we do. Premier Health is proud to provide a wide spectrum of heart and vascular services across Southwest Ohio. We offer compassionate, award-winning care designed for positive patient outcomes – with fewer complications, shorter recoveries and long-lasting benefits. We welcome patients seeking second opinions about their heart and vascular treatment options.

If you or a loved one would like more information about cardiovascular programs offered by Premier Health, please call (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: December 11, 2018

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2619 Commons Blvd. Suite 102 Beavercreek, OH  45431
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