Calcium Scoring, Nick Brown
Do you know your calcium score? Just ask Nick Brown, who underwent a calcium scoring cardio scan at North Kansas City Hospital to determine his calcium score.
The test measures plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. It's noninvasive and uses special X-ray equipment and a computer to produce multiple pictures of the heart's arteries. The results are expressed as a calcium score.
The scan can indicate the location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Plaque is the buildup of fat and other substances, including calcium, which, over time, narrows arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart.
Nick Brown, 50, is not your typical candidate for a heart problem. He exercises daily, participates in marathons and previously made changes to his diet.
He learned of calcium scoring after receiving a heart health postcard from the Hospital. After talking with his wife, he decided to schedule a test.
The results of the test surprised Nick, who has a family history of heart disease. "No male on my father's side lived past 40 years old without a heart attack," says Nick. "Considering my exercise regimen, I was surprised to learn I needed to make more dietary changes."
Nick previously underwent stress tests, which indicated no reason for concern. He had read about other cardiac tests in fitness magazines but never heard of calcium scoring.
After consulting with his cardiologist, Nick learned a calcium scoring cardio scan is a more definitive indicator of a heart problem.
"It's a good idea to consult a specialist, such as a cardiologist, who knows how to interpret results and data and can advise on next steps," says Nick.
Learn more about calcium scoring, including how to schedule your appointment.