Every 34 seconds, heart disease claims the life of 1 person in the United
States. It's the top killer of men and women in America. Over 650,000
Americans will have a heart attack this year...But MHP's cardiometabolic
team is fighting back.
Coronary Artery Calcium scoring (CAC scoring) is a simple but effective
tool in determining risk of cardiac events. CAC scores directly correlate
plaque burden with the patient's risk for heart attack or even death.
Scores range from 0 (no plaque burden) to over 1,000, with 1-99 being
mild, 100-299 being moderate, 300-999 severe, and 1000+ extensive.
The test to determine this score is a non-invasive, 15-minute CT scan that
During last year's employee fundraising campaign, the cardiopulmonary
department requested $1,200 to cover CAC scans for patients who need them
but cannot afford them. Of the patients who benefited from this grant,
78% of them had potential risk of heart attack or failure within the next
The results led to the collaboration with other departments to improve
our patient’s health by treating the risk factor, diagnosing the
issues, and developing a plan to reduce the risk of heart disease (e.g.,
smoking cessation, lab testing, diagnostic testing, and medication addition/adjustments).
The patient’s quality of life improves through prevention at the
primary care level through the treatment and management of the cardiometabolic
disease across the continuum.
The CAC findings and Cardiometabolic Care Program put MHP on the map, too.
Our facility is currently the only health care facility to be delivering
cardiometabolic medicine from Primary Care through the multiple specialties
such as Cardiology, Nephrology and Endocrinology. The quality outcomes
we have seen in our patients are an incredible accomplishment that may
soon be published.
Dr. Mikhail Kosiborod, an internationally recognized expert in the field
of cardiometabolic care, recently visited MHP with a team from Saint Luke’s
Mid America Heart Institute. They were able to see how we deliver high
quality care in a rural setting, especially using such a low cost highly
predictive screening tool such as the CAC scoring. Congratulations to
MHP's cardiometabolic team for making a difference for our patients.