Shawnee Mission Health's HEARTaware program was developed to help raise awareness of heart disease in our community. Knowing your risk factors can help you have a better understanding of your heart health and what steps you can take to live a healthier life.
Here’s how you can identify your risk of a heart attack or a stroke:
Complete the online, seven-minute heart risk assessment. At the end of the free assessment, you can download a summary of your results and share them with your primary care physician, if you choose.
Additionally, it's important to familiarize yourself with the risk factors for heart disease and the warning signs of a stroke or heart attack.
Preventative Cardiac Screening ($35):
This is a one-hour screening performed by a cardiac clinician that includes height, weight, blood pressure, abdominal waist measurement, complete fasting lipid profile and fasting blood sugar. A cardiac clinician will review the results during your personalized consult. They will also discuss diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications, as well as review further need for testing, if necessary.
Calcium Scoring Package ($50):
This test uses a special X-ray called computed tomography (CT) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. It is a non-invasive test performed in the Radiology Department that takes approximately five to 10 minutes to complete. A score of zero means that no calcium has been detected and indicates a low-risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), while a higher score is associated with a greater risk for CAD. A cardiologist will read the results and a cardiac nurse will follow up with a phone call. A copy of the results will also be mailed to your home and be sent to your primary care physician. *Please note that a calcium scoring test requires an order in the state of Kansas. Your primary care physician can either write an order for you, or you can receive an order from a cardiology nurse practitioner during the preventative cardiac screening.
Peripheral Vascular Package ($79):
This is a limited screening of the carotid arteries in your neck and the abdominal aorta. The screening also includes an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI). The ultrasound portion of the screening is a test that utilizes sound waves to create detailed images of blood flow through the vessels, which can detect narrowing, blockages or bulging due to weakness or damage to the vessel wall. The ABI portion of the screening is an exam that compares blood pressures taken in your arms to the blood pressures in your legs. An abnormal ratio indicates a restriction of blood flow.
Complete a heart risk assessment then schedule a screening by calling 913-676-2505.
*Please note that participants are encouraged to complete the online heart risk assessment prior to registering for any of the above screenings. Please bring your results with you to the screening.