Premier Health Heart CT

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?

If so, you could be at increased risk of having a heart attack. Now there’s an easy way to find out if you have early or advanced heart disease – even with no symptoms – so you can take action to help protect your heart.

A Premier Health Heart CT takes images of your heart’s arteries to measure the amount of plaque buildup. Results can allow early detection and treatment of heart disease. All results are evaluated by board-certified cardiologists. No physician referral is required.

Schedule your appointment at one of our convenient locations:

Knowing Is Half the Battle

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women. According to the American Heart Association, 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.

During the test, images are taken with a specially equipped computed tomography or CT scanner. These images measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries. Calcium deposits can indicate plaque build and an increase of future risk of heart attack. 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 you and your primary health care provider. Based on the amount of calcium found by the heart CT, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to lower your risk – such as quitting smoking, changing your diet, and exercising more. Your doctor may also recommend medication or additional testing for diagnosing and managing advanced heart disease.

Who Should Get a Premier Health Heart CT?

Adults who have one or more of the following risk factors may want to consider a Heart CT:

A Premier Health Heart CT is not indicated for patients with low heart disease risk (under age 40 with no known risk factors) or those who have already been diagnosed with heart disease. Patients with symptoms, such as chest pain, should consult with their health care provider. 

Risks Vs. Benefits

CT results 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 is not recommended for pregnant women, unless medically necessary. 

Act Now To Protect Your Heart

Don’t wait for chest pain or other symptoms to warn you of trouble - find heart disease before it finds you.

The Premier Health Heart CT is fast and easy. No needles. No dyes. No exercise. You don’t even have to change your clothes.

  • Cost is $99, payable at the time of your scan.
  • The heart CT can be performed in under 30 minutes.
  • Results will be sent to your primary health care provider.
  • A summary of your heart CT and a copy of the radiology report will be mailed to you. You should receive your results within seven to 10 business days after your heart CT is completed.
  • If you are active on MyChart, you will also receive an explanation of your results through this portal, in addition to your mailed packet. 
  • Convenient locations in Butler, Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties at:
    • Atrium Medical Center
    • Miami Valley Hospital
    • Miami Valley Hospital North
    • Miami Valley Hospital South
    • Outpatient Cardiac Testing and Rehabilitation at Medical Imaging:
      • Beavercreek and Jamestown
    • Upper Valley Medical Center

Contact Us

Every moment of your life depends on a strong, healthy heart. The Premier Health cardiology and vascular services team is here to help you, each beat of the way, with prevention, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitation services in our hospitals, outpatient centers, and medical offices across Southwest Ohio.