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Published on April 30, 2015

Community Hospital makes heart disease scan more accessible


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula recently lowered its price on an important heart scan for community members with major heart risk factors. Called a calcium score scan, the test scans for calcium deposits on the walls of the arteries, which can be a sign of a future heart attack. Since most insurance plans do not cover the scan, Community Hospital is lowering the price to $150 for this exam.

Calcium score scans are recommended for those who have one or more of the following major heart disease risk factors:

  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Overweight or obese
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress test with indeterminate results

“We are pleased that Community Hospital and Tyler Heart Institute can now offer this test to the community at a reduced cost,” says Richard Gray, MD, Tyler Heart Institute medical director. “Our hope is that more community members will step forward to know their risk for heart disease and address potential heart disease conditions sooner.”

The test utilizes a computed tomography (CT) scanner to look at the heart. The procedure is non-invasive – no needles, IV, or medications – and uses minimal radiation. In less than 10 minutes, the scan is complete, and the patient can get back to normal activity immediately. 

A radiologist determines the calcium score based on the images.  A score of zero means there is no evidence of coronary artery disease (CAD). A score of more than 400 indicates evidence of extensive CAD. The score is risk-adjusted based on the patient’s age, gender, and other factors. The physician who referred the patient will review the results and recommend follow-up, if needed.

The cost of the test covers the scan, review by a board-certified radiologist, and the report to the referring physician.






Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at



Tyler Heart Institute encompasses the full range of cardiac services — heart disease prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and rehabilitation.  Established in 2007, Tyler Heart Institute has a highly experienced and committed team of doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.

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