Coronary artery disease is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, and calcium deposits in your arteries can be an early sign of heart disease. A calcium score can help determine your risk for both coronary artery disease and heart attack, and finding these deposits early can help prevent future problems by giving you the opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes that promote overall cardiac health.
Coronary artery calcium screenings are available at Blount Memorial Hospital at a cost of $100. The tests are self-pay, meaning no insurance or Medicaid is accepted. Flexible Savings Account (FSA) funds also can be applied to the cost of the screening. The entire screening process takes approximately five minutes, and a copy of your calcium score results will be mailed to your health care provider for further discussion.
In addition to being available weekdays, screenings also will be available on Saturdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. For more information about calcium screenings or to schedule an appointment, call the hospital’s radiology department at 865-977-5566.