New, Lower Price for Calcium Scoring

Effective Sept. 1, 2017, Iowa Heart Center is changing the price of its calcium scoring heart scan screening. The new lower rate will be $75, down from $99. Coronary calcium scoring is a test that uses a CT scan to find the buildup of calcified plaque on the walls of the arteries of the heart.

“This exam is not often covered by insurance so we feel it is important to charge a lower rate to make it affordable and available to as many people as possible,” said Dr. Eric Martin, Iowa Heart Center cardiologist and medical director of prevention.

Because calcium is a marker of coronary artery disease, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful diagnostic tool in detecting this disease at an early stage, before symptoms begin to show, and determining its severity.

In order to qualify for the exam, individuals must have two or more risk factors (family history, increasing age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity and physical inactivity) for heart disease. It is not for people with known heart disease or prior positive score.

This score, along with other risk factors, provides a picture of future risk for heart disease while there’s still time to do something about it. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (515) 633-3700.