What is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)?

Understanding heart disease can be confusing and mysterious, because heart disease is a term used to cover multiple diagnoses that affect heart health.  One of the most common culprits behind heart attacks is coronary artery disease, the narrowing or hardening of the arteries due to a buildup of cholesterol or plaque.

What is a Coronary Calcium Score?

A Coronary Calcium Score of the heart is a simple, non-invasive scan that uses special X-ray equipment to determine if coronary (heart) arteries are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque.

Who should get this test?

This is one of the most effective tests in assessing heart attack risk –as it identifies the presence of plaque buildup in the heart itself, rather than simply elevated cholesterol in the blood stream.

In fact, this test is so effective that the government requires diagnostic centers to charge a flat rate of $99, making it affordable for everyone.

Candidates for this test include anyone at risk for or with a history of:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette Smoking
  • Overweight or Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

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