The City of Irving has expanded its wellness program for employees to include Coronary Calcium Screenings (CCS).
What is a Coronary Calcium Screening?
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) a Coronary Calcium Screening (CCS) can detect the degree of coronary vessel calcifications and thus the risk of a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke).
A Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) Scan is a non-invasive heart imaging test. Physicians use the results of these scans to determine a patient's 10-year risk for heart attack, heart disease and stroke.
The results of the CTA Scan produce a cardiac calcium score called the Agatston Score. The higher the score, the higher the severity of plaque buildup inside the arterial walls.
Do I Need A Coronary Calcium Screening (CCS)?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
An estimated 17.9 million people died from Cardiovascular Disease in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% were due to heart attack or stroke.
Every 20 seconds someone has a heart attack and almost 1/3 of those had no prior symptoms.
AHA says CCS is appropriate for those with one or more of the following risk factors:
How Do I Request A Coronary Calcium Screening (CCS)?
If you are interested in determining if a CCS is appropriate for you, click here.
A Registered Nurse Care Manager will review your information and contact you regarding program participation. Your Care Manager will: