A heart scan, also referred to as a calcium scoring CT scan, involves taking X-ray images of a patient’s heart to identify plaque in the arteries. When plaque is present in the arteries, it can build up over time, narrowing the size of the artery opening and restricting blood flow to the heart. Having a heart scan can detect this plaque so that the patient can work with their doctor to lower or remove the buildup, decreasing risk of heart disease or risk of a heart attack.
Heart Scan Frequently Asked Questions
Memorial Healthcare System offers a Heart Scan for a $99 self-pay rate.
For patients using insurance instead of self-pay, you can find out what the cost of a Heart Scan is based on your insurance provider.
A heart scan helps your doctor learn about your risk for coronary artery disease and risk of a heart attack or a stroke. A heart scan detects plaque buildup in the arteries that contain cholesterol, fats, calcium or other materials. If plaque is present in the arteries, it can build up over time, restricting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the muscles in the heart. This restriction of blood flow can lead to blockages, increasing the patient's risk of heart disease.
A heart scan can detect these plaque buildups early on. Early detection is important to allow your doctor to prescribe medication or make suggestions for lifestyle changes which can decrease your risk of heart-related health issues.
A heart scan is a procedure that involves exposure to radiation and isn't necessary for everyone. Patients should check with their physician to see if a heart scan is recommended. Factors that should be considered for patients who get a heart scan include:
- Family history of heart disease
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood pressure levels
- Lifestyle habits
We offer heart scan services at the following locations in Broward County:
Memorial Regional Hospital
3501 Johnson Street
Memorial Hospital Miramar
1901 SW 172 Ave
Memorial Hospital West
703 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL
Memorial Hospital Pembroke
7800 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines, FL
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