This painless test is revolutionizing preventive care in Central Texas. Located on the first floor of the Heart Hospital of Austin, the HeartSaver CT lab houses the Ultrafast CT scanner, which provides sharp, detailed images of the heart. For patients, the scanner experience is similar to getting an X-ray - fast, painless and highly accurate in determining the extent of calcified blockage in the arteries. Most importantly, the HeartSaver CT provides the possibility of early detection of heart disease when it is most easily treated.
As the number one killer of men and women in the United States, heart disease claims more lives than the next six causes of death combined — about one death per minute. Risk factors include:
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Inactive lifestyle
Men ages 40-65 or women ages 45-70 with one or more of these risk factors can make an appointment for screening. If you are outside these age ranges, you must bring a written physician referral to your appointment.
Heart Hospital of Austin utilizes a scanner technology called Electron Beam Computed Tomography. This technology produces a significantly lower dosage of radiation compared to traditional spiral scanner technologies utilized at other hospitals.
For more information about HeartSaver CT, call 512-407-SAVE. Click here to make an appointment for a HeartSaver CT at Heart Hospital of Austin.