HEART (ECBT) SCANNING

The heart scan is most useful for those who are at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD results from hardening and furring up of the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis).

Small deposits (plaques) of fat containing calcium build up on the inside of the arteries and the amount of this calcification has proved to be the most reliable indicator of the extent of heart disease and risk of a heart attack.

Using the EBCT heart scan we can locate and quantify any calcium deposits within your coronary arteries to calculate your calcium score'. This enables us to determine your individual risk of CHD.

Specific risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Overweight and sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetes
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