Coronary Artery Calcium Score Imaging Tests
$75 at OHSU Cardiovascular Institute
The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute offers the heart scan, known as the coronary artery calcium score (CACS) at an affordable price. CACS is a painless, noninvasive test that is used to determine arterial calcium buildup, an indicator of a patient’s risk for future heart attack. The test is useful in patients presenting with one or more risk factors but who do not yet have symptoms.
A patient with a coronary calcium score of zero is at low risk for future heart attack and may be able to focus on therapeutic lifestyle changes. On the other hand a patient with a score over 100 or age/gender percentile >75th percentile may require more than just lifestyle changes, including additional medical oversight to maintain lipid goals and manage other risk factors, such as:
- Current or former smoker
- Family history of heart disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Elevated triglycerides
The results from CACS can help to inform treatment decisions, from lifestyle changes to medical management.
How do I get this ordered?
You will have to meet with your attending physician at Hood to Coast Healthcare. Your physician will then determine if this is something that would benefit your health and prevent disease. Because your physicians at HTCHC specialize in preventative medicine and wellness, most everyone can benefit from having this completed.