You are as old as your arteries – it's an old saying many doctors have heard.
But just how old are your arteries? And – more importantly – are you really at risk for heart disease or even a heart attack?
One sure way to find out is with HeartSHAPE®, a simple test from the
Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
The HeartSHAPE coronary calcium score test is designed to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) early and prevent heart attacks.
HeartSHAPE works by producing pictures of the coronary arteries from outside your body using a CT scanner.
From those images, your coronary calcium score is determined.
Calcium buildup in plaque on the walls of the arteries of the heart – also called atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries – indicates the development of coronary artery disease.
And of those with CAD younger than 65, 80% of deaths occur during or as a result of their first (and last) heart attack. Unfortunately, that first heart attack doesn't always provide warning signs or symptoms.
Even if you're otherwise healthy, active and in shape, you could be at risk.
That's why identifying coronary calcium is valuable. It accurately shows CAD development and allows doctors to tailor a heart treatment plan to slow or stop the progression of this deadly disease.
HeartSHAPE is fast and easy. The actual test only takes about five minutes, and most people are in and out within about 30 minutes.
For the test, you lie down on the CT scanner in your street clothes. The scanner is open, so you don't have to worry about feeling claustrophobic.
You just hold your breath a few seconds, then the test is done.
There's no IV – HeartSHAPE is completely non-invasive and painless.
After we evaluate the scan, you'll receive follow up about your results, as well as treatment recommendations if your score is high.
If you haven't already been diagnosed with heart disease, you should consider having a HeartSHAPE test if you are a:
Note: If you're outside these age ranges or don't have at least one risk factor, HeartSHAPE might not be for you. In that case, you should first talk to your doctor, who can give you a HeartSHAPE referral if they think you should be tested.
If you meet the guidelines above, don't wait any longer to schedule your HeartSHAPE coronary calcium score test.
Get a picture of your heart health – and fight heart disease early. Or if your test results are good, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your heart is healthy.
HeartSHAPE is offered at several locations throughout the Tri-Cities region of Upper East TN and Southwest VA.
To schedule a HeartSHAPE test today for yourself or someone close to you, please contact Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1‑877‑230‑NURSE (6877).
With HeartSHAPE, you'll know – and you'll know what to do about it. Reach out anytime, 24/7, to learn more and find out if you or someone you love qualifies.
Or call a nurse: 877‑230‑6877.
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