Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable. During American Heart Month in February, Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is encouraging the entire community to learn the risks of heart disease and take preventative action to maintain a healthy heart.
A heart scan is a painless, non-invasive computerized tomography (CT) scan that takes less than 30 minutes and measures the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries, assessing the risk of heart disease and stroke. The procedure provides valuable information and enables a patient to work with their physician to take action when necessary.
Heart scans are recommended once every five years, and our especially encouraged if you:
- are a woman over the age of 50
- are a man over the age of 45
- have a family history of heart disease
- have high blood pressure
- are a smoker
- are diabetic
- are at least 20 lbs. overweight
Knowing your risks is the first step in combatting heart disease. Scans can be scheduled at WMMC for $50 and can be purchased as a gift certificate for a loved one at our Diagnostic Imaging department, located inside the WMMC Outpatient Entrance. Screenings are offered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To schedule your appointment, contact our Diagnostic Imaging Department at (660) 262-7370. For more information about heart health, visit www.heart.org.