RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health, in partnership with the National Heart Health Program, has launched a new screening program that can detect and measure calcium-containing plaque/blockages in coronary arteries, allowing patients to take preventative steps before serious heart problems can occur.
Plaque inside the arteries of your heart can grow and restrict blood flow to the muscles of the heart. Measuring calcified plaque with a heart scan may allow your doctor to identify possible coronary artery diseases before you have signs and symptoms.
The scan is recommended for people 40 or older who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease, diabetes, obesity or a history of tobacco use.
The $75 calcium scoring screening is a 10-minute CT scan that requires no needles, prep or recovery time.
For more information on the screening, contact your local Regional Health provider.