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 for a special low price of $75.

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 / 903-541-5333
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

content-cardiac-calcium-score-ctNew at ETMC: The world’s most advanced CT scanner

In the blink of an eye, the new Philips Brilliance iCT 256-slice scanner at ETMC Tyler can generate a 3-D image of your heart so doctors can make more accurate diagnostic observations.

The only one of its kind in East Texas, the 256-slice scanner combines unparalleled power and speed for increased patient benefits. For instance, a patient’s size and heart rate are no longer barriers to image accuracy. Another advantage is lower radiation levels.

All of this helps make your calcium scoring test at ETMC fast, painless and accurate.

Innovation is at the heart of cardiac care at ETMC.
For information, call the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute at 903-535-6496.