Calcium Scoring

Calcium scoring is a test for patients with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease, such as those deciding whether to go on cholesterol medication.

EvergreenHealth's 64-slice CT can measure the calcium in coronary plaque, which is helping in picking up early-stage coronary disease for patients at intermediate risk of heart attack.


Candidates for Calcium Scoring

The Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring exam is most appropriate for those who have any of the following risk factors:

  • Male 35-70
  • Female 40-70
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight

This exam is not recommended for patients who fit the following criteria:

  • Pregnant
  • Known coronary artery disease (have had a heart attack, angioplasty/stent or bypass surgery)
  • Resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute
  • Metallic objects in the heart (mechanical heart valves, pacemaker wires, stents, etc.)

Scheduling/Cost

To schedule a calcium scoring exam, call 425.899.2831.

Calcium scoring is a self-pay procedure, and a physician's referral is needed.

The cost is $181, payable at registration. The cost includes the scan and interpretation.