Centegra Health System Offers Calcium Scoring to Help Women Identify Cardiac Risk Factors

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Screening study used to check for probability of plaque.

“Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of an artery,” said Dr. Douglas Tomasian, director of cardiology with Centegra Physician Care.

Cardiovascular disease affects one in four women over the age of 65. That’s why Centegra Health System is partnering with Cardiac Surgery Associates (CSA), the largest heart surgery physician group in Illinois, to offer cardiac calcium scoring to women ages 35 to 75.

As the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in the region, Centegra’s emergency departments in McHenry and Woodstock emphasize immediate treatment of chest pain and heart symptoms. A team of cardiologists provides a full scope of heart-related services. Those include diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation, while incorporating open heart and valve surgery and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities.

Cardiac calcium scoring is a screening study used to check for the probability of plaque, which can be associated with other cardiac risk factors for heart disease. This is a non-invasive screening test that requires no prep and takes about 30 minutes. Walk-ins are accepted. A physician order is not required for an appointment.

Centegra medical imaging is currently providing cardiac CT scans to evaluate for coronary calcium scoring for a total cost of $75. The cost includes hospital charge and radiologist fee. The $75 cash is due at time of service. No insurance will be billed.

“Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of an artery,” said Dr. Douglas Tomasian, director of cardiology with Centegra Physician Care. “This material can calcify, signaling the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD). Over time, progression of plaque build-up can narrow the arteries or obstruct blood flow to the heart. The result may be chest pain or a heart attack.”

Tomasian added that because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool.

Imaging locations include:

  •     Crystal Lake Medical Arts located at 360 Station Drive
  •     Centegra Hospital–McHenry located at Route 31 and Bull Valley Road
  •     Centegra Health Center–Huntley located at 10350 Haligus Road

To schedule an appointment, call 815-334-5566 or visit centegra.org/heart.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).

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