It’s a simple procedure that takes about 15 minutes, provides quick, easy-to-understand results and is relatively low-cost. It can also save lives, yet not many people know about it. What is it?

The coronary calcium scan, or heart scan, is a non-invasive imaging test that many cardiologists view as one of the best available tests, beyond typical risk factors such as cholesterol levels and family history, for
measuring cardiac risk. In short, it helps patients assess their future risk of having a heart attack.

We sat down with Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates’ Dr. Sundeep Viswanathan, who practices at The Medical Center of Aurora, to discuss the test in further detail.