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CT Coronary Calcium Scoring

Nearly 1.5 million Americans will have a heart attack this year and one third of them will die. Half of patients suffering their first cardiac event will have no prior warning or symptoms and more than 80 percent of high risk patients will have a “normal” result on a standard treadmill test. CT coronary calcium scoring is the single most accurate assessment of heart attack risk. This painless, non-invasive test is endorsed by the American Heart Association and is the only non-invasive method that can directly identify atherosclerotic plaque buildup in the coronary vessels. CT images show all calcified plaques in the coronary arteries. The total amount of disease (plaque) is calculated to determine the calcium score, which accurately predicts a patient’s probability of heart attack over the next few years. The calcium score allows referring physicians to aggressively treat their patients who are discovered to be at high risk. While calcium scoring can be useful for patients thought to be at low, intermediate, and high risk for coronary artery disease, it is typically recommended for men over age 45 and postmenopausal women more than age 55 who also have one or more major risk factors for heart attack:
  • Elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol or low HDL (good) cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Premature family history of heart disease
  • Overweight/obese

 CT coronary calcium scoring and insurance

Medicare and most insurance companies do not pay for this study. The study costs $350 and Wake Radiology requires a signed physician order. Wake Radiology recommends that patients check with their insurance carrier before scheduling their CT coronary calcium scoring study to confirm coverage and payment.

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