February is American Heart Month. Summit Medical Director Eric Penniman discussed heart disease and shared ways to maintain a healthy heart during a recent interview on WBIR-TV's 10News at Noon.
Summit Medical Group can measure your risk of heart disease in minutes with a Cardiac Calcium Screen. The exam helps predict heart disease risk at an early stage, before symptoms occur, and for up to 10 years after the scan. Cardiac Calcium Scoring uses high resolution, rapid CT to take multiple angle X-rays, creating 2-dimensional images of the beating heart. It determines the amount of atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up, in the coronary arteries, which is directly related to your risk for a future heart attack. Over time, plaque can cause hardening and narrowing of the arteries, decreasing blood flow to the heart. Summit physicians analyze the CT to provide a calcium score for the risk of cardiac artery blockage. Your physician will receive your report and can devise a comprehensive plan to minimize risk and maximize heart health.
For additional information about our Cardiac Calcium Screening, visit: https://summitmedical.com/services/diagnostic/cardiacscreening. To schedule your screening, call 865-588-8005.