Early warning signals for heart disease, including mild heart attack symptoms, signs of congestive heart failure and heart blockage symptoms, can be difficult for individuals to detect. If you have two or more of the following factors, you could be at risk.
To determine your risk for a heart attack, you can have a non-invasive, 15-minute procedure called calcium scoring or CT heart scan. Doctors use a special X-ray test called computed tomography (CT) scan to check for the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries that could, in time, narrow the arteries or even block blood flow to the heart, resulting in angina, a stroke or heart attack.
You can schedule a calcium scoring test without a doctor's order by calling Outpatient Scheduling at 847.618.3700.
If your calcium scoring shows a possible risk or you have known risk factors for heart disease, you may need to have a coronary CT angiogram. This test uses X-rays along with a special injected dye to make the blood vessels easier to see, providing detailed pictures of the heart and the blood vessels. It can show whether a blood vessel is blocked, where the blockage is and how big the blockage is—or whether there is a bulge (aneurysm) or a buildup of fatty material called plaque in a blood vessel.
If your doctor recommends cardiovascular testing, call Outpatient Scheduling at 847.618.3700 and schedule all your tests with one simple call.
Here are important test preparation guidelines to follow before your cardiovascular or cath lab test. Click on the specific test below for a PDF of instructions.