Calcium Scoring, Jean Miller
Do you know your calcium score? Just ask Jean Miller, who underwent a calcium scoring cardio scan at North Kansas City Hospital to determine her 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.
Jean, age 71, received the scan as a Christmas gift from her children. "I appreciated it, and I learned things that I need to know." She remembers the test was simple, easy and comfortable with no pain.
She was surprised by the results which indicated calcium spots on her heart. "The test told me that I need to be more aware and more conscious of my body and the signals it sends me," says Jean.
She is a big proponent of calcium scoring. "I would encourage everyone to have the test. It could be life changing, and it is such an easy thing to do," she says.
Jean lives 125 miles away in Browning, Mo., and travels to North Kansas City Hospital for her medical care. "The care my husband and I receive there is outstanding," she says.
Learn more about calcium scoring, including how to schedule your appointment.