A healthy lifestyle—proper diet, regular exercise, and attention to good health—is the best defense against heart disease. CHI St. Luke’s Health–Lakeside Hospital is committed to educating the community about wellness.

However, many people with heart disease never experience warning signs, which means their first symptom may be a heart attack. Lakeside Hospital offers the Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) screen to identify individuals at risk of heart disease. CACS measures calcium deposits within the walls of the heart’s arteries that cause blood flow to be impaired.

CACS studies are simple and require minimal preparations. Sensors are placed on the chest without needles or dyes. The scan takes only minutes, however, the entire procedure takes 45 minutes.

Your physician uses the CACS, along with information such as family history and cholesterol level, to determine the health of your heart.

These factors may indicate the risk of heart disease and the need for a Coronary Calcium Scoring exam:

  • Family History of Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol Levels
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Male (over age 45)
  • Female (over age 55)
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Postmenopausal women

Speak with your doctor about Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. To schedule an appointment, call 936.266.9001.