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Heart Disease
is Identifiable,
and Manageable.



It is our vision at No More Broken Hearts to see Coronary Artery Calcium scans added to the traditional list of recommended preventative screenings ordered by doctors—just like a mammogram or a colonoscopy.

Here are links to several facilities in California, Georgia and Colorado that offer the Coronary Artery Calcium Scan with a self-referral.  Good Samaritan Hospital and El Camino Hospital currently offer the scan with a doctor's order.   For a complete list of facility locations visit www.scandirectory.com






Why Scans Are So Important:

  • Heart Attacks claim more lives than all the cancers put together and for many people, the first and only sign of heart disease is a heart attack itself.
  • Many heart attack victims had no warning signs, no symptoms, normal cholesterol levels, were non-smokers, athletic and had no reason to believe that they were at risk for a heart attack.
  • A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan determines the amount of calcified plaque build-up in the coronary arteries of your heart. The amount of calcified plaque is related to your risk of a heart attack.
  • It’s important to know that half of all heart attacks occur with less than a 50% narrowing.  Heart disease is identifiable, measurable, and manageable with early detection.

Preparing for the Scan

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Take your usual medications
  • Avoid caffeine and smoking four hours before the scan
  • You will be asked to remove any metal objects including jewelry, eye glasses, and hairpins as they can affect the images
  • Women are advised to inform if any possible pregnancy


Who should have a Coronary Artery Calcium Scan and Why

Anyone who has at least one of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Past or present Smoker
  • Diabetic
  • High LDL or “bad cholesterol”
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Men over 45
  • Women over 50 (pre– and postmenopause)
    • To detect Coronary Artery Disease at an early stage
    • To calculate future risk of heart attack
    • To help prevent a fatal heart attack
    • To determine treatment plans if plaque or blockages are present


Who SHOULD NOT have a Coronary Artery Calcium Scan

Anyone who has:

  • Cardiac stents
  • Cardiac implants, pacemakers, defibrillators
  • Had a heart attack, heart surgery or bypass surgery


Please visit the website for our partner Irish Heart Disease Awareness to see a detailed video that provides an overview about the scan experience.  We also recommend their video explaining calcification.

Visit our FAQ page for more information about what to expect at your Coronary Artery Calcium Scan appointment.




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