Calcium scoring


Learn your risk for heart attack or stroke with calcium scoring

If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, cardiac calcium scoring might be right for you – and it’s available at ETMC at a special low price.

The test for calcium scoring is conducted using a cardiac CT scan, a noninvasive screening procedure that shows the presence, location and extent of plaque in the coronary arteries.

To schedule your scan, contact the participating ETMC hospital nearest you:

ETMC Athens / 903-676-2169ETMC Carthage / 903-694-4941
ETMC Henderson / 903-655-6535ETMC Jacksonville / 903-541-5166
ETMC Pittsburg / 903-946-5558ETMC Quitman / 903-763-6344
ETMC Tyler / 903-531-8000, press 1

What is a calcium score?

Calcium is a component of plaque, which leaves deposits along vessel walls that can build up and harden, causing a life-threatening condition known as atherosclerosis that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

The amount of calcification detected on your cardiac CT scan is summed up as a calcium score. Studies show that a high calcium score is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.

Calcium ScorePresence of atherosclerosis
0No presence
0 - 10Minimal presence
11 - 100Mild presence
101 - 400Moderate presence
Over 400Extensive presence

Are you a candidate for cardiac calcium scoring?

If you are 40 years of age or older with risk factors for heart disease, consider having calcium scoring. Atherosclerosis can be present without symptoms, so you may be unaware that you have the condition. This is why calcium scoring is a good investment if you think you might be at risk.

Major risks factors for atherosclerosis are

  • family history of heart disease
  • high blood cholesterol levels
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • lack of physical activity

Advanced information on calcium scoring

If you’d like to view a 15-minute video presentation on calcium scoring by one of our cardiologists, please click here. This presentation by Dr. Bernard Gojer is designed to provide advanced information on calcium scoring for other physicians.

Reduced radiation CT scanning at ETMC

ETMC offers the latest scanners and protocols to reduce radiation doses compared to other CT scanners. Our 64-slice CT heart scan offers some of the most advanced diagnostic imaging available. It’s fast, painless and provides detailed X-ray scans to help create an accurate calcium score.

Advanced cardiac care that changes lives — it’s the heart of ETMC’s commitment to you.