Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.
Houston Methodist Heart and Vascular Screening Packages can help you understand your risk, which is the first step toward prevention. We employ many of Houston’s most highly trained cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, radiologists and technologists to analyze your tests and help you understand your risk.
Houston Methodist has a 30-year history of excellence in cardiovascular imaging and diagnostics, and we are leading the fight against heart and vascular disease.
Heart Scan Services We Offer
Heart Scan – $140
Calcium Score. Using a CT scanner, this tests for calcium buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries. It is used to detect coronary artery disease and, if present, can determine the severity.
Heart Scan Plus – $205
This combination package includes the heart scan and the vascular screening.
Vascular Screening – $120
Carotid Artery Screening – Blood vessels are checked for blockages using ultrasound.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening – Using ultrasound, this test focuses on the abdominal aorta and checks for thinning or ballooning, either of which could suggest a potential rupture.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening – Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the ankles to evaluate blood flow in the legs.
Vascular Age Screening (CIMT-Carotid Intimal Thickness) – $120
Using ultrasound, the thickness of the arteries is measured to produce a risk assessment that estimates the vascular age of your arteries. Blood vessels are also checked for blockages.
Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Screenings
What happens during a heart scan?
Heart scans are typically performed in men ages 40 and older and women 50 and older who have risk factors for developing coronary artery disease, but no symptoms. A heart scan is a simple test that only takes about 10 minutes. A technician will ask you to lie still in the CT scanner machine while it takes X-ray pictures of your heart. The pictures from the scan will tell your doctor whether you have calcification in your coronary arteries, an early sign of coronary artery disease. If calcifications appear, your doctor will work with you to help prevent a heart attack or other heart problems.
Should everyone have a screening test?
No. Screenings are beneficial for men 40-65 years of age and women 45-70 and if you are considered intermediate risk. Risk factors include family history, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. This is a screening exam to assist in detecting potential diseases.
If I have a known heart condition, can I still get these tests?
The heart scan and heart scan plus are not necessary for patients who have coronary artery disease, heart stents of any kind or who have had coronary bypass surgery. For these patients, we recommend an evaluation by a cardiologist.
How can I pay for these tests?
The prices listed reflect the cash pay price and include both the test and evaluation of the results. While insurance may provide coverage, the prices may vary and a doctor’s referral may be required for scans and screenings. If using insurance, please obtain an order from your physician to ensure appropriate scheduling and verification. Medicare will not cover the cost of these tests.
How long will the tests take?
The heart scan takes approximately 15 minutes. The vascular screening and the vascular age screening (CIMT) each take approximately 30 minutes. The complete heart scan plus will take approximately one hour.
Why should I have my screenings at Houston Methodist?
Your results will be processed in an accredited lab and evaluated by either a cardiologist, a vascular surgeon or a subspecialized radiologist. Your results will be sent to your doctor and/or you within seven business days. We suggest you share the results with your primary care physician or cardiologist.