Sequoyah Memorial Radiology Cash Special / Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring

Sequoyah Memorial Hospital is excited to announce a brand new cash special screening event- calcium scoring! “We are excited to offer this new screening service to our patients,” said Beth Fair, Director of Medical Imaging. “I truly hope our community takes advantage of this. The cash special will be $99.00, which includes the Radiologists’ reading. Payment will be due at time of service.”

Calcium scoring is the process by which a CT scanner is used to capture images of the heart. Specifically, images are obtained to gather information about the presence, location, and extent of calcified plaque in the arteries of the heart- otherwise known as calcium buildup. People with a large amount of calcium buildup, or coronary artery disease, have a higher chance of having a heart attack. “This is why it’s important to be aware of how much calcium buildup is occurring in the arteries of the heart,” said Tim McCay, DO, Radiologist. “We are hoping that offering this service as a screening tool will help raise awareness about heart disease, encourage people to be more aware of their heart health, and ultimately prevent future heart attacks.”

February is National Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, a number of risk factors can be controlled. The major risk factors for coronary heart disease are: high blood cholesterol levels, family history of heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, being overweight or obese, and physical inactivity (www.radiologyinfo.org). Being more active, sticking to a heart healthy diet, refraining from using tobacco, and keeping an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol are all steps to take toward improving heart health and preventing heart disease. Screenings such as calcium scoring are also highly important to detect early issues that may lead to a heart attack. The Medical Imaging department is happy to discuss any questions.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Sequoyah Memorial Radiology at 918-774-1119 or visit www.sequoyahmemorial.com.