Calcium Score Test
What’s Up SimplyFit Fam,
We hope you are doing great and sticking to your fitness routines. This month we're reaching out with some invaluable information regarding a critical aspect of health that might be new to you: the calcium score test. Our dedicated trainer, Eileen (RN), recently brought this to our attention, highlighting the potential it holds to be a life-saving measure for some. We are thankful for her diligence and wanted to share this with our extended SimplyFit family.
What is a Calcium Score Test?
The calcium score test is a quick, non-invasive CT (computed tomography) scan that helps assess the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). It measures the amount of calcium in your heart's arteries, an indicator of plaque buildup, which can lead to a heart attack. This test is especially beneficial for those aged between 40 and 70 and who are at an increased risk for heart disease but don't have any symptoms yet.
How Often Should I Have a Calcium Score Test?
If you have a normal score initially, repeating the test every three to five years could be beneficial. However, if you've had abnormal results before, your doctor should address any concerns.
Who Should Avoid This Test?
Pregnant individuals or people with high risk or existing diagnosis of heart disease may not find this test beneficial. Always consult your healthcare provider to understand if this test is right for you.
What Does the Test Entail?
The entire procedure lasts only about 10 to 15 minutes. You'll be asked to lie down on a special table that slides into a scanner. The high-speed CT scan captures multiple images, synced with your heartbeat, and a computer program analyzes these for calcification within your coronary arteries. There's no preparation required and no contrast is used, making it a straightforward process. This test is often considered superior to the standard treadmill stress test in assessing heart health. Please note that most insurance plans do not cover this test, but the cost typically ranges between $75 and $100.
What Do The Results Mean?
A score above zero indicates some evidence of CAD, with higher scores indicating increased risk. A score of zero is normal, suggesting a very low risk of a heart attack in the next two to five years. However, your healthcare provider will also consider your other risk factors for heart disease.
This information and much more can be found in this informative article from the Cleveland Clinic. The article answers frequently asked questions and provides additional insights into the test's details, its benefits, and how it works.
At SimplyFit, we believe that knowledge is the first step towards a healthier you. We encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits of this test, especially if you have risk factors for heart disease. It could just be the tool that helps your provider decide on an effective treatment plan for you, preventing a potential heart attack or stroke.
Remember, fitness is not just about having a great physique; it's about maintaining a healthy, well-functioning body from within. Stay proactive about your heart health and keep up the great work on your fitness journey.
Until our next update, keep training hard and living healthily!
The SimplyFit Team