Coronary Calcium Screening (CCS) Program

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:

  • Men 40+
  • Women 50+
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Smoker
  • Overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle

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:

 

  • Determine if you are a candidate for CCS.
  • Work in conjunction with your PCP post-screening to provide referrals for appropriate medical providers, if applicable.
  • Provide guidance and information regarding other chronic medical conditions you may be at risk for.
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