Heart and Vascular Health

Specialists in cardiac imaging

Ascension Seton Heart and Vascular services include Heart CT scans and other imaging technology for patients in Central Texas.

Heart CT Scan Services in Central Texas

To schedule an appointment online: https://seton-ascensionhealth.inquicker.com/ct-scan or call the location nearest you.

Show your heart some TLC with a Heart Healthy Screening

The Heart Healthy CT Scan is a simple, painless test that can help determine your risk for heart disease and stroke. The test is performed using a CT (computed tomography) scanner and identifies your coronary calcium score. This is a measure used to estimate the amount of cholesterol plaque in your arteries. A higher score can mean a higher likelihood of suffering a heart attack. Fortunately, early detection of heart disease makes early intervention possible.

A Heart Healthy CT Scan is recommended for men age 40+ and women age 45+ with one or more of these heart disease risk factors:

  • Hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140/90)
  • Cholesterol level greater than 160/LDL
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart disease

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Further diagnostic studies, if needed, may be covered by insurance.

Scheduling Your Heart Healthy CT

A doctor’s order is not required to have a Heart Healthy CT Scan, unless you are under the ages mentioned above and/or do not meet any of the heart disease risk factors. Please be ready to provide contact information for your primary care doctor to receive your scan results. To schedule, click the online appointment button or call the phone number below for each location. Weekend appointments are available.

North

Ascension Seton Williamson
201 Seton Parkway
Round Rock, TX 78665
Schedule an appointment online
Free surface parking available.

Ascension Seton Highland Lakes
3201 S. Water St
Burnet, TX 78611
For scheduling at this location, please call 512-715-3090.
Free surface parking available.

Central

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin
1201 West 38th Street
Austin, TX 78705
Schedule an appointment online
Parking garage available.

Ascension Seton Northwest
11113 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759
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Free surface parking available.

South

Ascension Seton Edgar B. Davis
130 Hays Street
Luling, TX 78648
For scheduling at this location, please call 512-324-1199.
Free surface parking available.

Ascension Seton Southwest
7900 FM-1826
Austin, TX 78737
Schedule an appointment online
Free surface parking available.

Ascension Seton Hays
6001 Kyle Parkway
Kyle, TX 78640
Schedule an appointment online
Free surface parking available.

Taking the Next Step

A report containing your coronary calcium score will be sent to you and your primary care doctor within two weeks of your scan. Please consult with your primary care doctor or cardiologist to develop a plan for your heart health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a coronary calcium score?

A calcium score is a measure used to estimate the amount of cholesterol plaque in your arteries. A higher calcium score can mean a higher likelihood of suffering a heart attack. The Heart Healthy CT Scan is a simple, painless test that identifies your coronary calcium score.

Is a Heart Healthy CT Scan right for me?

A Heart Healthy CT Scan is recommended for men age 40+ and women age 45+ with one or more of these heart disease risk factors:

  • Hypertension (blood pressure greater than 140/90)
  • Cholesterol level greater than 160/LDL
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart disease

Further diagnostic studies, if needed, may be covered by your insurance provider.

A Heart Healthy CT Scan is NOT recommended for persons who have previously had a Heart Healthy CT Scan or been diagnosed with or treated for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), stents, bypass surgery, Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), stroke, or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

Is a doctor’s order required to have a Heart Healthy CT Scan?

A doctor’s order is not required to have a Heart Healthy CT Scan, unless you are under the ages mentioned above and/or do not meet any of the heart disease risk factors. We request that you provide contact information for your primary care doctor to receive your scan results. If you do not have a primary care doctor, we invite you to visit our Primary Care website.

What can I expect when getting a Heart Healthy CT Scan?

There are no diet restrictions and no special preparations required. Check in with Outpatient Admissions when you arrive at the hospital.

Please bring your photo ID and payment method (cash, check or credit card). The test is painless and is performed in minutes using a CT (computed tomography) scanner. You will lay flat on your back to enter the CT scanner, so pants or shorts may be preferred.

When will I receive my test results?

A report containing your coronary calcium score will be sent to you and your primary care doctor within two weeks of your scan. The table below provides basic guidelines for interpreting your calcium score. Please consult with your primary care doctor or cardiologist to develop a plan for your heart health.

Calcium Score Interpretation
0 No identifiable atherosclerotic plaque. Very low cardiovascular disease risk. Less than 5% chance of presence of coronary artery disease. A negative examination.
1-10 Minimal plaque burden.
Significant coronary artery disease very unlikely.
11-100 Mild plaque burden.
Likely mild or minimal coronary stenosis.
101-400 Moderate plaque burden.
Moderate non-obstructive coronary artery disease highly likely.
Over 400 Extensive plaque burden.
High likelihood of at least one significant coronary stenosis (>50% diameter).

For questions not addressed on our frequently asked questions page, please consult your primary care physician or contact Seton Heart Institute at 512-324-9999, ext. 21855.

To schedule an appointment online: https://seton-ascensionhealth.inquicker.com/ct-scan or call the location nearest you.

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