Coronary Calcium Scan

Calcium Score Test




Calcium Heart Score for the price of $99.00!!

What is a Calcium Heart Test?

The best way to prevent heart disease is to know your risk. The latest technology available to identify those risks is available at South Denver Heart Center.

What is a Calcium Heart Score?

Coronary Artery Calcium Scan or Calcium Heart Score is a quick and inexpensive way to see if you have heart disease. In this video, Grant Bailey, MD, a cardiologist at SDCA, explains in detail what the test is and who and why you should get one. Prevention is the best medicine!

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Calcium Score

The Calcium heart score done at South Denver Heart Center is done utilizing a 256 slice state of the art CT scanner.  This specialized test is designed to measure the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.  The CT scanner has the ability to capture images of the entire heart during a single heartbeat.  This allows the coronary arteries to be imaged without heart motion.  The scan identifies the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary vessels and calculates a quantitative score.  This score places the patient in a percentile based on their age and gender-based on known averages of calcified plaque in men and women.  Your score can determine your risk of having a cardiac issue in the future.  A radiologist also reviews the structures in the chest and a subsequent report of their findings is issued.

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Why Should I Have A Calcium Heart Test?

The Calcium Heart Score is the only clinically proven non-invasive test for the early detection of heart disease. If you have any of the following risk factors the calcium heart score is right for you. A woman over 40 years of age or a man over 35 years of age. Or anyone with two or more of the following risk factors:

What causes calcified plaque?

Plaque is formed from cholesterol, fat, calcium, and other substances in the blood. When blood cholesterol levels are high, there is a greater chance that plaque will build upon the artery walls. In most people, this process begins when they are children or teenagers and worsens as they get older.

What should you expect from your Calcium Heart Score Test?

The Calcium Heart Score takes less than 5 minutes and is totally painless. The scanner is fully open and there is no need to change your clothing. The process consists of laying on the scan table with three electrodes applied to the chest. You only need to hold your breath a few times and then the scan is complete. It’s that simple! The heart score is then immediately processed in our facility and read onsite by one of our cardiac nurses who has been specially trained in interpreting Calcium Heart Scores. The Calcium Heart Score will also be reviewed by a radiologist with a report of any subsequent findings sent to your physicians.  A copy of the computed tomography (CT) scan is available to you at your request.

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Can I lower my Calcium Heart Score?

Your coronary calcium score, also called calcium heart score, is a powerful tool for predicting your risk of a heart attack. A coronary calcium score test measures the amount of hardened (calcified) plaque in your coronary arteries. A score of zero is considered a normal calcium score. Dr. Paul Jurgens explains in this video what actions you can take if you have an elevated coronary calcium score.

March 2024, Dr Grant Bailey was interviewed by Parade Magazine on the Best Way to Lower Your Coronary Calcification. The Magazine article can be found here,


Appointments are required for this test. Call 303-744-1065 to set up and appointment at the South Denver Heart Center by phone or request an appointment online.

Have more questions? Visit the Calcium Heart Score FAQ page

*Payment is required at the time of service. The SDHC accepts cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.