What to expect during your first heart scan
A heart scan is one of the easiest scans you can get. Simply lie down on a table, fully clothed, and hold your breath for a couple seconds. That’s all there is to it! Here are some of the benefits:
- Proven to be the most accurate way to assess heart disease
- It’s exquisitely fast, able to take pictures of your heart between beats
- No fasting, no dyes
Changing your heart health starts with measuring it.
No matter what your results, at Cruxpoint it’s all good news: You found your heart disease before it found you. If your results require action, we have the protocols proven to help you lower your heart attack risk by up to 95%.
If you receive a coronary artery calcium score above zero, we guarantee results when you participate in our two-year program.
What’s a CAC Score?
A Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) Score shows the amount of calcium present in the coronary arteries. A first scan establishes the baseline, and program participants take a yearly heart scan to track the progression of buildup, or plaque. As long as progression is under 15% in a year, we consider heart disease halted. However, many patients in our program are able to reverse the progression of heart, actually lowering their CAC scores over time. Learn more about our approach to reversing heart disease >
Pre-register for your heart scan
Schedule your pre-scan consultation.
We’ll give you a call within three days of pre-registering to schedule your pre-scan consultation and scan. If you don’t hear from us, please give us a call at 720-766-7166.
Your post-scan consultation.
Once your results are ready, we’ll give you a call to schedule a time for you to come in to the Cruxpoint offices where we’ll walk you through your results and present options should you wish to take action to control your heart health.
Plan for a 1-hour appointment. It’s required that your spouse or life partner take part in the appointment. We’ll explain at the time why we consider this so important.
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Boulder, CO 80303
Frequently Asked Questions
Remember: Heart disease is optional. A baseline heart scan shows your degree of heart disease. Subsequent heart scans will show progression. With 1 in 3 Americans dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease and millions more living with a lowered quality of life, measuring your heart health status is the first step towards changing it.
Doctors recommend a baseline heart scan for women 50+ and men 45+. In fact, women are 7x more likely to die from heart disease than from breast cancer! Most heart attacks actually occur in people with “normal” cholesterol, and stress tests miss most people at risk for heart attacks. A heart scan is the best way to measure cardiovascular disease.
- You must be at least 45 years old for men or 50 years old for women or have a strong family history of heart disease.
- You must weigh under 300 pounds.
- You must include your spouse or partner. If they’re eligible, they must do the scan too. Both of you must attend the pre-scan and post-scan consultations to review results.
First, we want couples to have a shared understanding of the results of the scans. Second, because these are truly quality of life issues, we believe that decisions about “What should we do?” are best made by couples deciding together. Third, success will come from couples being committed together. We have found that success is lower when only one person in the couple understands, makes the decisions, and commits to the protocols. This is a journey of loving and supporting each other.