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Cardiac scoring

Cardiac Scoring is a simple, painless procedure that scans your heart and arteries, looking for signs of coronary artery disease. The scan takes about 10 minutes and involves no needles, fasting or undressing.

During the procedure, images of your heart and arteries are taken. The images can detect calcium in your coronary arteries – sign of plaque and an indication of coronary artery disease.

Radiologists on staff at St. Anthony’s Medical Center review the images from your scan. Within 24 hours, a report is mailed to you with the results and recommendations for any necessary follow-up. St. Anthony's radiologists are trained experts on reviewing images, so you can feel confident in the results.

Frequently asked questions

What does the cardiac scoring heart scan tell my physician and me?

The cardiac scoring results can help detect even the earliest warning signs of coronary artery disease. Cardiac scoring indicates the level of calcification. This helps your doctor better determine necessary follow-up and possible treatment.

Who should consider a cardiac scoring heart scan?

Men and women over the age of 40 and anyone with increased risk factors for developing heart disease:

  • family history
  • smoking
  • elevated cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • identified heart and vascular risk factors
  • high stress job
  • premature menopause
  • parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle with onset of heart disease before age 55

Is coronary artery disease treatable?

Coronary artery disease is treatable. But prevention, early detection and early intervention are critical and can save many lives. Coronary artery disease can be slowed, stabilized and, in some cases, reversed through aggressive lifestyle modification and under medical therapies directed by your physician.

Is cardiac scoring safe?

Cardiac scoring is a safe, accurate procedure. Radiation exposure is minimal. In addition, the scan does not require injections or dyes.

Why should I consider having a cardiac scoring heart scan?

Your health is priceless. Early detection of certain health problems, such as coronary artery disease, is key. Cardiac scoring is a safe, painless, non-invasive way to look at your heart and detect signs of coronary artery disease.

Who will interpret my examination?

All results are interpreted by board certified radiologists on staff at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. The staff has expertise in body imaging and preventative imaging, allowing you to feel confident in the results generated from your scan.

How do I prepare for the cardiac-scoring exam?

  • You may eat or drink before the procedure, but no caffeinated beverages, which may make your heart beat too fast.
  • Avoid shirts with metal straps or buttons.
  • Women should avoid wearing a bra with underwire or metal closures.

Where are cardiac scoring exams performed?

Cardiac scoring is offered in the Radiology Department of St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

What times are appointments available?

Appointments are available between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 314-525-1300.

What is the payment process?

Cardiac Scoring is a cash only exam. You will be required to pay $385 for the cost of the exam when you arrive at registration.

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