80% of cardiovascular deaths in people less than 65 years of age occur during the first heart attack.
The HeartSHAPE® program focuses on early identification of coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack prevention via coronary calcium scoring conducted on a 64-slice CT scanner at Michigan Heart. The coronary calcium screening test is a 5-minute, non-invasive test in which pictures of the coronary arteries are taken from outside of the body without the use of contrast and with relatively low radiation exposure.
Identifying the presence of coronary calcium (or early stage CAD) is valuable as it accurately depicts CAD development and allows the practitioner to tailor treatment approaches to slow or stop progression of this deadly disease. The HeartSHAPE® program at Michigan Heart is grounded in the clinical guidelines for coronary calcium screening (the SHAPE Task Force guidelines). The SHAPE guidelines suggest the following persons should consider coronary calcium screening to better identify CAD and prevent acute coronary events:
- Asymptomatic males without known CAD age 45-75
- Asymptomatic females without known CAD age 55-75
- Asymptomatic males or females age at least 18 years but less than the required ages, when 2 or more specific cardiovascular risk factors are present. These risk factors include:
- Elevated lipids
- First-degree family (parent or sibling) history of CAD
- Tobacco use
To schedule a coronary calcium screening call 734-712-1313.