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January 24, 2011

Coronary calcium scoring, a non-invasive study to determine the risk of coronary artery disease, is now available at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

The calcium score test is done using a 64-slice CT scanner, an advanced tool that can accurately display the heart in 64 slices, determining the precise area of disease.  The test is painless, takes only seconds to perform and provides critical information to detect calcium in the coronary arteries which when present indicates coronary artery disease. 

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, with heart attacks accounting for more than 500,000 deaths per year.   Heart disease is treatable and for some people may be reversible when treated early.  The National Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Program recommends coronary calcium scoring for men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55 who are asymptomatic for heart disease. 

Coronary calcium scoring results are based on an analysis of the coronary arteries.  While calcium deposits do not correspond directly to the percentage of narrowing of the arteries, they do correlate directly to the amount of coronary plaque and the risk of future coronary disease.  Calcium deposits usually begin to form years before the patient experiences symptoms.  Calcium scoring is an important tool for early detection.  The results, when taken into account with other risk factors, such as age, gender, family history, diabetes, smoking or high cholesterol, can be useful in determining health and lifestyle modifications that may be needed to slow the progress of coronary artery disease.

“The calcium score screening provides valuable information as part of the overall cardiovascular risk calculation,” said Carlos Grullon, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist.  “By using calcium scoring as part of early detection for coronary artery disease, preventive measures can be initiated before the onset of symptoms or cardiac events.”

The calcium scoring study costs $99.  For more information or to schedule a coronary calcium screening, call (407) 833-7328.

About Central Florida Regional Hospital

Central Florida Regional Hospital is a 226-bed acute care hospital-serving the communities of Seminole and Volusia counties.  The hospital provides the only full-service cardiovascular program in Seminole and West Volusia, including open heart surgery, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac rehabilitation and comprehensive diagnostic services.  Other specialized services include Neurohealth Sciences and Spine Care, Emergency Services, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care, The Baby Suites and Women’s Imaging Services.  The hospital is located 3.6 miles east of I-4 between S.R. 46 and Highway 17-92 in Sanford.  For more information, please call (800) 445-3392 or visit www.CentralFloridaRegional.com.