The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin offers Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. This non-invasive procedure scans your heart to calculate your risk of developing coronary artery disease by measuring the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. The amount of plaque present indicates a person’s likelihood of having heart disease.
Men over 35 and women over 40 who have two or more of the following risk factors should consider a coronary artery calcium scoring: family history of heart disease; high cholesterol levels; high blood pressure; smoker; obesity; diabetes; or sedentary or high-stress lifestyle.
Cost of Calcium Scoring is $25
A radiologist can perform an over-read exam where they look at the anatomy around the heart to look for any abnormalities, including non-cardiac. The cost of this over-read is an additional $25 and will provide an evaluation of a limited view of the lungs, breast tissue and liver.
To schedule your scoring appointment today, please call us at (920) 886-9380 or
Frequently Asked Questions
We often receive questions regarding Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. Below you will find some commonly asked questions with responses:
Where is this procedure performed?
This procedure is performed at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, located at 5045 W. Grande Market Drive in Appleton.
Why is this procedure performed?
It is performed to check for any hard plaque or calcium build up in the coronary arteries which can cause heart disease or lead to a heart attack. In this case, this scoring is a better indicator than cholesterol screening.
How does one prepare for this scoring?
There is no preparation needed for this test.
What can I expect during the scoring?
You will be asked to lie on your back. Your CT Technician will place electrodes on your chest to monitor your heart rate. The machine will slowly guide you through the CT Scan machine. Multiple images of your heart will be taken. You will need to hold perfectly still and may be asked to hold your breath. You will be monitored throughout the scoring. Results are mailed to the patient or sent to their referring physician.
How long will this take?
The entire scoring takes 10-15 minutes, with the scan taking only seconds.
Are there any side effects?
No. You will be able to go about your daily business right after.