Hays, Kansas – HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, has added an important new screening test that can identify serious cardiac problems early. Cardiac calcium scoring, also known as a heart scan or calcium scoring, can calculate your risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) by measuring the amount of calcified plaques in the coronary arteries.
Cardiac calcium scoring CT screening is a convenient, non-invasive test that evaluates whether you are at an increased risk of a heart attack. The computed tomography (CT) scans are painless, have no side effects and typically take seven minutes to complete.
This is one of five screenings that the public can request without a physician’s referral.
“Anyone can call and schedule any or all of these tests.” Said Dr. Jeffery Curtis, cardiologist and director of cardiology services. “The tests are all non-invasive and very simple to perform.”
Tests offered include screening for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), peripheral arterial disease, stroke, aortic aneurysm and the latest for cardiac calcium scoring. The tests vary in cost from $15 to $75 or you can get all five for $150. The tests are not covered by insurance.
“The procedures we offer are similar to the traveling mobile screens that are hosted by various organizations. The beauty of our screens is that they are available every week, offer a larger choice and are performed by local hospital staff. Cardiovascular screenings are a great preventative service for patients.” Noted Dr. Curtis.
To schedule a screening any patient can call 855-429-7633 or go to https://www.haysmed.com/debakey-heart-institute/heart-health/cvscreening-hays/