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Early Warning Heart Disease Screenings

Early Warning Heart Disease Screenings

One of the best things you can do for your heart and overall health is to be screened for cardiovascular disease.

Once you more fully understand your risk of heart disease, you can begin to identify areas for improvement and work towards preventing complications. Lifestyle changes may be sufficient, but medicine or procedures may be necessary to improve your quality of life. Lima Memorial offers two affordable screening options: CT cardiac calcium screening and a three-exam vascular screening.

 

What is CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring?

CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring is often used to determine a person’s risk of heart disease or cardiovascular disease. It is a non-invasive imaging procedure used to detect the smallest amount of calcium, or plaque, in your coronary arteries using a multi-slice CT scanner. This 10-minute test is the best step to take to detect early heart disease.

Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?

You may benefit from a CT cardiac calcium scoring test if you have one or more of the following:

  • Family history of coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use; Currently smoking or previous smoker
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Concern about risk for heart disease

A physician’s referral is not required. This cardiac test is not recommended for patients who have had a previous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or are under the age of 40.

Cost of a CT Cardiac Calcium Score Screening | $99

Find out your risk of heart disease today. Schedule your CT cardiac calcium scoring test with Lima Memorial Radiology by calling 419-226-5030.

 

Vascular Screenings

Vascular screenings are essential to maintaining your health and well-being. Quick and painless, these screenings can catch problems, such as plaque buildup in the veins, blockages or aneurysms, before they become serious and cause a heart attack or stroke.

Lima Memorial Health System offers a comprehensive vascular screening comprised of three different ultrasound exams: carotid Doppler, abdominal aorta exam and ankle-brachial index.

Carotid Doppler:

This non-invasive test uses sound waves to measure blood flow through the carotid arteries. This portion of the exam will assist doctors in evaluating your risk of a stroke.

Abdominal Aorta Exam:

This exam can detect a ballooning of the aorta. Once weakened, the “balloon” can rupture. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms affect up to 5% of men and 1% of women and is attributed to 15,000 deaths annually.

Ankle-Brachial Index:

This screening is performed by taking blood pressure measurements at the arms and ankles. The measurements are used to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Do You Qualify for a Vascular Screening?

You may qualify if you answer “yes” to two or more of the following:

  • Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are you 55 years of age or older?
  • Are you a current or past smoker?
  • Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
  • Do you have a family history of heart attack or carotid artery disease?
  • Do you have excess weight?
  • Do you have a stressful lifestyle?

Cost of Vascular Screenings | $60

For more information on these services or to schedule an appointment, call 419-226-5030. You do not need a doctor’s order to schedule the screening. All three exams are offered for just $60. Insurance does not cover the cost of this screening; however, the screening may be covered under your employee Flexible Spending Account.

 

Same-Day Cardiology Appointment

At Lima Memorial, we’re dedicated to keeping your heart healthy and your mind at ease. That’s why we offer same-day appointments with our world-class cardiology department.

To contact Lima Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute, or to learn more about same-day appointments, please click here.

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