Calcium Scoring Program
In 2009, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center implemented a calcium scoring program to aid in the early detection and prevention of heart disease in our community. Calcium scoring is a noninvasive, painless test that takes approximately one hour - with the actual test lasting less than five minutes - to check for the presence of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, helping to detect early stage coronary artery disease before a person develops symptoms of heart disease. The test, which is delivered using Mercy Gilbert's 64 slice CT scanner, will allow doctors to identify the disease in its earliest stages to help prevent this deadly condition from worsening and potentially reduce life-threatening events.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. More than 500,000 people will die this year from a heart attack, and for 52 percent of these people, a heart attack will be their first symptom.
The program will identify at-risk individuals before they have symptoms. Our calcium scoring program will help meet our goal of providing the community with the most advanced heart care, as well as helping to detect undiagnosed heart disease, thereby decreasing the number of heart attacks and deaths each year.
To learn more, please call (480) 728-7253.
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