Heart Screening at Medical City Dallas Hospital
Know your heart. Avoid serious symptoms.
As you may know, there are many heart conditions with virtually no symptoms. A person often does not know there's a problem until it becomes so severe he or she suffers a major cardiac event.
There are screenings that find the problems early, but insurance companies often won't cover them until there are serious symptoms. For patients and physicians, it's a "catch-22.”
Medical City Dallas Hospital now offers a new tool to men and women interested in avoiding serious cardiac events. The HeartStrong screening empowers men and women with a high risk of heart disease. It helps you understand your current heart health, and steps you can take to protect your heart.
What is the HeartStrong Screening?
Five simple, painless heart screening tests.
The HeartStrong screening is offered at times convenient for busy professionals:
Monday 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
The screening package takes about 90 minutes and includes five tests:
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measures the electrical activity of your heart. Small electrical sensors, called electrodes, are put on your skin to sense the electricity that begins in your heart, which can give doctors an idea of whether your heart is beating normally.
CT Coronary Calcium Scoring
A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is an extremely reliable means for diagnosing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), which is a condition in which the arteries in your legs and ankles are narrowed, creating a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and poor circulation.
Carotid Intima-Media Thickness
The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease. The noninvasive test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery and alerts physicians to any thickening while the patients are still asymptomatic.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screens
This screening helps to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is a weakened and bulging area in the aorta. A ruptured aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding. The screening is done by ultrasound.
How much does the HeartStrong screening cost?
In most cases, insurance only covers the extensive testing when a patient is showing active symptoms. The cost for our screenings is a one-time payment of $450, which is due at the time of your appointment. This cost covers all five tests and a one-on-one counseling session with Medical City’s Director of Cardiology Quality Outcomes, Dr. Michael Isaac.
Michael Isaac, MD
Director of Cardiology Quality Outcomes at Medical City
Watch Dr. Isaac answer frequently asked questions about HeartStrong, and heart disease risk factors.
Should You Schedule a Heart Screening?
Do you have any of the following?
✓ Very high cholesterol (LDL above 160 or HDL below 30
✓ History of smoking
✓ Early family history of heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm
✓ Hypertension (high blood pressure)
✓ Significant changes in endurance, as well as becoming winded easily
If so, these could be a sign of heart disease. Call (214) 598-5445 to speak with a nurse about your heart health