The New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center can determine if you are in need of a Coronary Calcium Scan Test – which we offer at our partner facility. A coronary calcium scan is a cardiac test that looks for specks of calcium in (and on) the walls of the coronary (heart) arteries. Calcifications in the coronary arteries are an early sign of coronary heart disease (CHD). Coronary heart disease is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up in the coronary arteries. In some cases, Cardiac CT is used to assess heart chambers, heart valves and the surrounding blood vessels.
These fast and painless cardiac scans may indicate if there is an increased risk of heart attack even before any symptoms occur of heart disease. Heart scans can also look at blockages in the heart in certain situations. Coronary CT is most useful to determine whether symptoms of chest pain may be caused by a coronary blockage. These highly specialized scans are performed at one of our partner facilities and do require the NYC cardiologist’s referral.
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Cardiac CT technology enables the NYC cardiologist, Dr. Steven Reisman, to provide the most accurate non-invasive assessment of your coronary arteries. The cardiologists’s goal of determining if you are a candidate for a Calcium Scan Test is to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) at an early stage when there are no symptoms and to determine its severity. It is a screening study that may be recommended by the NYC cardiologist for patients with risk factors for CAD but no clinical symptoms.
Doctor’s Note: This cardiac test is most often suggested for men aged 45 years or older and for women who are aged 55 and above or who are postmenopausal.
The Major Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease, Other Than Age, Include:
- Abnormally high blood cholesterol levels
- A family history of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood lipids including cholesterol and triglyceride
- Cigarette smoking
- Being overweight or medically obese
- Being physically inactive
What does the calcium score mean? Calcium Scoring looks for calcification in the coronary arteries which can then be measured and scored. The CT scan images are used to accurately measure the level of calcified plaque in the walls of the coronary arteries.The calcium score is a superlative screening method for refining an individual’s risk of underlying coronary artery disease; the higher the calcium score, the greater the risk of a future heart attack, and so individuals with a high score can be offered lifestyle modification including diet and exercise and if need be further evaluation and possible treatment such as statin therapy to reduce their risk.
If you have any questions for the best in class NYC cardiologist or would like to schedule a consultation or appointment please feel free to contact Dr. Steven Reisman of the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center and indicate which Manhattan office (Upper East Side, Midtown Manhattan, or Wall Street / Financial District) you would like to see the cardiologist for a cardiac consultation.