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MountainStar Healthcare offers a simple test that could detect a silent killer

Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:43:15-05

If you've ever been a smoker, have a family history of coronary artery disease, or an underlying condition such as high cholesterol, a coronary calcium scan can easily detect your potential risk factors for heart attack or stroke.

It's a simple test that's fast, inexpensive and very accurate, being offered by MountainStar Healthcare.

The coronary calcium scan can give you a heads up and help you intervene before a serious life-threatening event occurs.

Cardiologist Richard Gelb from MountainStar Healthcare says, "Several studies have validated that, that calcium score can give you a pretty good estimate of your risk of a heart attack or a stroke for five and even 10 years going forward."

Anyone over 40 years old with at least one cardiac risk factor like smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol or family history should really take the test.

Dr. Gelb says the test will give you peace of mind that comes with knowing there's nothing serious brewing inside your heart. But it could also save your life.

"I often tell patients, I'd rather see them too soon, than too late, and I think that if you have concern about heart disease…the most tragic thing that I see is people who come in and had avoidable heart attacks and strokes because they just weren't paying attention," says Dr. Gelb.

The coronary calcium scan is generally not covered by insurance, but at MountainStar Healthcare it's only $69.

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