Campbell County, Wyoming residents now have access to a new screening test
for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) at Campbell County Health.
Calcium Scoring, and it’s a quick and painless test that can assess your risk of
heart disease. The test uses a
CT scan to measure the amount and location of calcification in the arteries of
your heart. Calcification happens when there are significant deposits
of fat, called plaque, in the arteries. The more plaque, the higher the risk for
Hundreds, even thousands of people in the community have some degree of
coronary artery disease and may not know it because they don’t have
any symptoms. Calcium Scoring screening is designed for those people who
don’t have any symptoms of heart disease, but may still be at risk.
If there is a history of heart disease in your family, you have high blood
diabetes, or you are a current former smoker, you are at risk for heart disease.
The test results can help you and your
doctor target any treatment or lifestyle changes before heart disease gets worse,
like dietary changes, quitting smoking, exercise or starting on medication.
“This test is really for people who don’t know if they have
heart disease, and can give people the information they need to start
to make those behavioral changes,” says
Dr. Sairav Shah, Cardiologist at
Campbell County Medical Group in Gillette, Wyoming. “Because patients need their physician to
order the test, it’s an opportunity to have a dialogue with your
doctor that can help prevent problems down the road.”
The test is done by the Campbell County Memorial Hospital
Radiology department, and is available by appointment Monday-Friday. The referring physician
receives the test results so follow-up can be scheduled if needed.
The cost is $200, and it is self-pay, meaning that patients must pay at
the time of registration. It is not normally covered by insurance, but
you may submit to your insurance carrier, use your Flex benefits or HSA.
Talk to your doctor to see if Calcium Scoring screening may be right for
you. Learn more at
Dr. Nick Stamato, CCH Chief of Staff and CCMG
Cardiovascular Services, has to say about the Calcium Scoring test in this video, taken during
the January CCH Board of Trustees meeting.