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Heart Calcium Scoring

Heart Calcium Scoring


A Few Minutes Could Save Your Life!

Rochelle Community Hospital is now offering Heart Calcium Scoring in the Radiology Department. This painless, fast procedure (about 15 minutes) helps to assess your risk for heart disease.

Following are some common questions you might have about this procedure.


What is a Heart Calcium Score?

A Heart Score™ test is a special CT scan that takes images of the heart at very fast rates. This allows for the detection of calcium, which is a common component in the buildup of plaque inside blood vessels. With Heart Score, we can measure the buildup of calcium and, therefore, the buildup of plaque inside arteries.


Who should consider Heart Score?

Men ages 45-70 and women ages 55-70, or those with any of the following risk factors should consider a Heart Score test:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • History of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High stress levels

How will knowing your Heart Score be helpful?

Knowing your Heart Score will help you by:

  • Detecting the buildup of calcium earlier than any other technology
  • Assisting you and your physician in developing an appropriate prevention strategy
  • Providing your physician with a tool that can measure the progression or regression of calcium buildup (arthrosclerosis)
  • Reducing the need for other more expensive and invasive tests
  • Giving you piece of mind


Who should not have a Heart Score test?

Pregnant women, people with known coronary artery disease or those who have had a coronary bypass procedure, and people with resting

heart rates greater than 90-95 beats per minute.


Is a physician referral necessary for Heart Score?

To have the test, you must have a physician’s order and a scheduled appointment time.


What is the Heart Score test like?

No preparation is required, and there are no shots, treadmills or dyes involved. Prior to the test you may be asked to put on a gown. A technologist will place small monitoring patches (electrodes) on your chest so we can match our scanner to your heartbeat. You will be in the scan room about five minutes, with the scan itself taking just a few seconds while you lie on your back and hold your breath.


How will I get my results?

The physician who ordered your test will get the results.


What does a Heart Score test cost?

The cost of a Heart Score test is $149 with payment due at the time of service. We accept personal checks, as well as Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.


Will my health insurance cover Heart Score?

Most major health plans consider this test a NON-covered service. However, if you wish, we will file with your insurance, and you may be eligible for a refund.


If you have additional questions or would like to make an appointment, call 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. You can download this brochure too!


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