FAQ

Coronary Calcium Score Screening Test:

What happens on the day of the test?
No special preparation is necessary.
The test requires lying still for approximately 5 minutes.
There is no IV or dye.
No medications will be administered
There is no pain or recovery time involved.
Once finished, you may immediately return to all normal activities
When do I get my results?
Results will be mailed to you the next business day.
If you wish, our office can phone you with the results of your exam.
What if I have an abnormal Coronary Calcium Screening Exam?
In the event that elevated coronary artery calcium is discovered, Heart Care Centers will advise you on appropriate follow-up and treatment.
This will usually involve modification of cardiac risk factors
Aggressive control of cholesterol, often with medications
Aggressive treatment of hypertension and/or diabetes
Smoking Cessation: Counseling and discussion of medication for cessation
Consideration of daily aspirin therapy
Please note that we will not routinely forward the result of this screening examination to your physician.
However, Heart Care Centers will advise you, if needed, to obtain further follow-up and treatment based on your test results.

Cardiac 64-Slice CT Angiography:

What happens on the day of the test?
Prior to the test, a blood test will be done to assess kidney function.
Beta blockers are often given during the test, in order to slow down the heart rate.
An IV is placed in a vein of the arm to allow administration of IV Contrast.
The test duration is usually less than one hour.
After the test, there are no restrictions regarding driving or the resumption of usual activities.
What if I have an abnormal Cardiac 64-Slice CT Angiogram?
In the event that elevated coronary artery calcium is discovered, Heart Care Centers will advise you on appropriate follow-up and treatment.
This will usually involve modification of cardiac risk factors
Aggressive control of cholesterol, often with medications
Aggressive treatment of hypertension and/or diabetes
Smoking Cessation: Counseling and discussion of medication for cessation
Consideration of daily aspirin therapy
Heart Care Centers will work with you and your primary care doctor to treat any abnormalities discovered on this exam.

A full range of CT imaging procedures are available at Heart Care Centers of Illinois, Palos Park Facility, located at:

Peace Professional Center
13011 S. 104th Ave,
Palos Park, IL.

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