Multiple Baptist facilities will offer HeartScore screenings at the reduced price of $50 in February for American Heart Month, including Baptist Booneville, Baptist Carroll County, Baptist Collierville, Baptist Crittenden, Baptist Golden Triangle, Baptist North Mississippi, Baptist Union County and the new Baptist Arlington Outpatient Imaging Center. HeartScore, also known as a coronary calcium scan, is a painless, noninvasive CT scan of the heart that takes approximately 10 minutes. The screening measures the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries.
Although calcium is necessary for many body functions, it also deposits as plaque in arteries. Recent research has shown a direct correlation between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and the likelihood of a future heart attack.
Baptist Golden Triangle has joined with its local United Way for years to make American Heart Month even more impactful for its community. The hospital is donating the $50 reduced-price cost for HeartScore screenings, which are conducted at the Outpatient Pavilion on Saturdays in February, to United Way. A volunteer from United Way will be present to collect the donation.
Fasting is not required for a HeartScore screening, but participants should avoid caffeine 12 hours prior to their appointment. Reduced-priced HeartScore screenings may be offered on select days in February. Insurance is not billed for the $50 fee.
Those interested should call their hospital’s scheduling number to make an appointment. For the new Baptist Arlington Outpatient Imaging Center, call Central Scheduling at 901-227-4433.