BOLIVIA, N.C., Dec. 11, 2019 – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is now offering cardiac calcium scoring for only $99 to help detect heart disease earlier. A cardiac score is a noninvasive, quick and simple CT scan that detects calcium buildup, or plaque, in the arteries and detects the risk for heart disease and a future cardiac event. Cardiac calcium scoring may also be covered by insurance.
“We are thrilled to now offer cardiac calcium scoring to the Brunswick County community,” said Robin Ashmore, manager of radiology at Brunswick Medical Center. “Early detection is important for preventing and fighting heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.”
A cardiac score is recommended for women ages 55 to 75, men ages 45 to 75 and those at risk for heart disease due to factors like family history and lifestyle.
There are several risk factors for heart disease. While some factors can’t be controlled — like age, gender and family history — making lifestyle changes can reduce the chance of heart disease. Risk factors include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Uncontrolled diabetes
The cardiac calcium scoring exam requires a physician referral and takes 15 minutes to complete. All exams will be performed at Brunswick Medical Center, located at 240 Hospital Drive NE in Bolivia, North Carolina.
For more information on cardiac calcium scoring, please call 910-721-1485 or visit NovantHealth.org/imaging.
About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 28,000 employees that provide care at over 640 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2019, Forbes ranked the organization first in North Carolina and 38th nationally on its 2019 Best Employers for Diversity list. Novant Health provided more than $883 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2018.