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Budah takes a test that could predict a future cardiac event

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 16:17:41-05

A Coronary Calcium Scan measures the amount of plaque buildup in your arteries and provides a percentage score that is one of the most accurate predictors of a future cardiac event, especially a heart attack or stroke.

It only takes 15 minutes and is a simple, non-invasive CT scan.

Budah went to the Heart Center at St. Mark's Hospital to take the test.

Dr. Andrew Behunin, a cardiologist, says it's recommended that people 35 or older with a family history of heart disease get one of the scans.

Risk factors for others to get one of the scans include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Anyone looking for peace of min about heart disease can be scanned

The scan only costs $69 and your insurance won't be billed.

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