Calcium Scoring, Robert Padley

Do you know your calcium score? Just ask Robert Padley, 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.

Robert had no history of heart disease. "I felt good and did everything I wanted to do," he recalls. "I never had chest pain, and there were no other indicators that something was wrong."

The test was timely for Robert. His calcium score was 1133, which led to a heart catheterization since his scan showed 95% and 80% blockages in two arteries. Subsequently, two stents were placed in each artery to restore blood flow.

"The biggest change I've made is my diet and exercise habits," he explains. "I can't say enough about the work of North Kansas City Hospital's Cardiac Rehab staff who educated me about heart health."

"I would definitely encourage anyone to schedule the test, and I've encouraged many friends," says Robert. "Something like this makes you take a new look at life, family and friends."

Learn more about calcium scoring, including how to schedule your appointment.

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