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Are you at risk for a heart attack?

oronary artery disease (CAD) is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. It is caused by plaque buildup inside the arteries of the heart. When this plaque buildup is severe and/or sudden, a heart attack develops. Unfortunately, about 50% of men and 65% of women who die suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms to suggest heart disease.
Early Detection Is Key
Detection of coronary artery disease at an early stage is critically important in stopping and, in some cases, reversing the condition. Fortunately, the Division of Cardiology at St. Lukes and Roosevelt Hospitals is now offering coronary artery calcium scansa state-of-the-art test to detect the presence and extent of coronary artery disease. Calcium is present only in coronary arteries that have plaque buildup due to coronary artery disease. Studies have shown that a coronary artery calcium scan can very accurately measure the presence and amount of calcium within the walls of the coronary arteries, giving physicians a powerful indicator of the extent of coronary artery disease and who is at serious risk for heart attack.

Who Should Have A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan?

Men and women who have, or are being treated for, any of the following risk factors for heart disease should be considered for a coronary artery calcium scan: High cholesterol High blood pressure History of smoking Diabetes/pre-diabetes Obesity Strong family history of heart disease Physical inactivity Psychosocial risk factors like depression and chronic stress

How Is A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan Performed?

A coronary artery calcium scan is completely non-invasive. Calcium scans are performed on a state-of-the-art multi-detector CT scanner, with very little radiation exposure. The test takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. All calcium scans are interpreted by a cardiologist or a radiologist.

Where Can I Get A Coronary Artery Calcium Scan?

A physician prescription is required to receive a coronary artery calcium scan. To make an appointment or arrange a referral, please call 212.636.1422. In addition to a coronary artery calcium scan, we offer one-on-one risk factor counseling sessions with a cardiologist. This additional service can be arranged at the time of your calcium scan. Go to for more information on coronary artery calcium scanning.

Progression of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery with no plaque buildup in artery wall

Beginning of plaque buildup

Heavy plaque buildup with extensive hardening of the arteries

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