A simple test may help find the risk for heart disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/23/10

A simple test may help find the risk for heart disease

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We have calcium floating everywhere in the body, most of it goes to building strong bones, but sometimes calcium deposits settle in the heart and that's when calcium can be another clue to heart disease.  Many cardiologists use what's called a calcium scoring test to look for white spots, which are actually calcium deposits inside an artery, an important sign of progressive hardening of the arteries.

"The more calcium you have in your arteries on a calcium score, the more like you are to have significant blockage inside the arteries," said Jason Bradley, M.D., a cardiologist at Covenant.  "If you're starting to get up in your 30's, 40's, or you have a strong family history of coronary disease, particularly at an early age in your family members, then it's more likely to be a good screening test for you."

It's a quick and simple test to find calcium using a c.t. scan.  Dr. Bradley says the test is not covered by insurance.  The test will cost you around $100, but that could find heart disease early enough to get you in a treatment plan that could help you avoid the cost and recovery from major surgery later.

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