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Heart Scans

Cardiac Scoring / Heart Scans

Cardiac scoring is the best noninvasive test for measuring coronary artery calcium content. It is used to diagnose coronary artery disease in an early state and to determine its severity. Cardiac scoring is at least 10 times more powerful a predictor of coronary artery disease episodes than cholesterol screening.

Norman Regional Hospital has seven Radiologists on staff who will read the scans. If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you could benefit from a heart scan offered at The HealthPlex and Norman Regional PET/CT Center.

Cardiac scoring is a specialized scan that can determine your likelihood of developing heart disease. Scoring checks for calcium buildup in your blood vessels, which can lead to hardening of the arteries.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • Over age 35 for men and 40 for women
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive stress
  • Sedentary lifestyle

You don’t need a physician referral. The test takes about 10 minutes and only costs $100.00.

Cardiac scoring is performed, by appointment only, at these two locations Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment call 405-307-2290.

What do the Scores Mean?

A low score suggests a low likelihood of coronary artery disease, but does not exclude the possibility of significant coronary artery narrowing. The results should be discussed with your physician.

Calcium Score:

  • 0 — Very low risk for cardiovascular disease
  • 1-10 — Low risk for cardiovascular disease

  • 11-100 — Moderate risk for cardiovascular disease

  • 101-400 — High risk for cardiovascular disease

  • >401 — Very high risk for cardiovascular disease

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

Heart scan results are interpreted by a radiologist who is a physician trained to supervise and interpret radiological examinations. The radiologist will analyze all the images taken during your exam and send a signed report to the ordering physician this will take 24 to 48 hours, additional copies can be sent upon request to primary care physicians or specialists. The ordering physician or your primary care physician will go over the results with you.