A cardiac screening & education program
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. In fact, heart disease affects one in three adults and most of them don't even know they have it. At the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, we know the best way to fight heart disease is to prevent it. That's why we offer the HeartScan Package – a powerful and comprehensive screening tool that can often detect heart disease at its earliest stages. It's easy, and it's available for just $149.
The HeartScan Package includes the following:
- HeartScan CT
This is a sub-second CT scan that may help detect heart disease at its earliest stages. The HeartScan uses the technology of Computerized Tomography (CT) to capture images of the heart while the heart is at rest. The resulting images can allow a physician to detect coronary calcium (hardening of the arteries), an indicator of coronary artery disease.
An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to detect and locate the source of heart problems. An EKC shows how fast the heart is beating. It shows the heart's rhythm (steady or irregular). It also records the strength and timing of the electrical signals as they pass through each part of the heart.
- Lipid Profile
The lipid profile includes total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol (often called good cholesterol), LDL-cholesterol (often called bad cholesterol), and triglycerides.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Screening
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple, reliable means for diagnosing Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Blood pressure measurements are taken at the arms and ankles.
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index assesses your body weight relative to height. It's a useful, indirect measure of body composition because it correlates highly with body fat in most people.
- Blood Pressure Check
- Nurse Counseling
Who should and shouldn't get a HeartScan CT?
HeartScan is ideal for men 45 and older or women 50 and older, who have one or more of the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol (>200)
- Family history of heart disease
- Current smoker
- Former smoker
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High triglycerides (LDL >100)
- Known vascular disease
*A physician referral is not required for this screening if you meet the above criteria.
People who shouldn't:
- People already diagnosed with heart disease.
- People with active/current cardiac symptoms, such as chest pain.
- People requiring angiograms. If you already consulted with a physician who has recommended an angiogram, it is not likely that the HeartScan CT is appropriate for you. This test does not take the place of a coronary angiography.