Do I Need a Heart Screening?

Friday, March 05, 2021
Do I Need a Heart Screening?

A heart screening helps determine if you're at risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a broad term that includes numerous conditions. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can block the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

The Target Heart program at Prairie Lakes includes four tests: CT Calcium Score, Blood Pressure Reading, Lipid Panel, and Blood Glucose Test. The Calcium Scoring is completed by the CT in Radiology. This is a non-invasive, painless screening performed by certified radiology technologists on our 64-slice CT scanner. This screening helps identify calcium deposits or plaque in the arteries.

Both men and women 40-75 years of age are eligible for the Target Heart program. The cost is just $45. No physician's order is needed.

Consider Target Heart if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • History of smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High-stress levels
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Postmenopausal female

You can make the appointment at your convenience by calling 882-7690.  Anyone under 40 years of age must have a physician order to participate.