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What is Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) Scoring?
CAC Scoring is a safe and painless test that can detect potential heart problems before they advance. The procedure uses a special CT scan to check for the buildup of calcium on the walls of the coronary arteries of the heart. Coronary artery disease can affect blood flow to the heart and can result in painful angina or a heart attack.
Talk with your provider.
Discuss your medical history, the risks of screening, and the benefits with your doctor. Some insurance plans will cover the cost of CAC Scoring, but the test must be ordered by a physician. It's important to begin the conversation with your primary care provider.
Who Should Have a Heart CT?
Ask your primary care provider about a CAC Scoring exam if you meet the following criteria...
- Are at least 35 years old
- Are not currently being treated for heart disease
- Do not have a pacemaker
- Have at least two of these risk factors:
- High cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- History of cigarette smoking
- Physical inactivity
The procedure usually takes just 10 to 15 minutes. If you don't currently have a primary care provider, please visit our Find A Doctor page.