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That Save Lives

Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation's No. 1 killer – for men and women. February is officially "American Heart Month," and Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is leading the fight against heart disease in Northwest Houston.

Heart screenings can help you understand your risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the first step toward prevention. Methodist Willowbrook Hospital offers a variety of heart and vascular screening packages and employs many of Houston's most highly trained cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and technologists to analyze your tests and help you understand your risk.

Go Red for Women
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is proud to be the lead sponsor for the American Heart Association's Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women campaign in 2011. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association's movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women to band together and wipe out heart disease. The Go Red for Women Luncheon focuses on the prevention of heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles and raising money to support awareness, education and research of heart health in women.

This year's Go Red for Women event will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Northwest Forest Conference Center in Cypress, Texas. Funds raised through the event will go directly to research and educational programs for women and women's heart health. For more information regarding Go Red for Women, please contact the American Heart Association at 713-610-5030.
Our Mission
Methodist has a 30-year history of excellence in cardiac imaging and diagnostics. Insist on Methodist for your heart health.

Heart and Vascular Screenings
The following exams may be covered by insurance, but not Medicare. Talk to your doctor to find out if these tests may be right for you. In order to assure appropriate scheduling and verification, please fax an order from your personal physician to

  • Heart Scan $200 – Using a CT scanner, this tests for calcium and plaque build-up on the walls of the arteries. This calcium score test is used to detect coronary artery disease and, if present, can determine the severity.

  • Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) $200 – Using ultrasound, the thickness of the arteries is measured to produce a risk assessment that estimates the vascular age of your arteries. Blood vessels are also checked for blockages.

In addition, the following packages are not covered by insurance or Medicare. Please call 713-790-3333 to discuss these screenings and schedule an appointment.

  • Vascular Screening $200 – Includes three screenings.

     – Carotid Artery Screening: Blood
        vessels are checked for blockages
        using ultrasound.

     – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Using ultrasound, this test
        looks at the abdominal aorta and
        checks for thinning or ballooning, either
        of which could suggest a potential

     – Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the
       ankles to evaluate blood flow in the legs.

  • Heart Scan Plus $350 (save $50) – This combination package includes the heart scan and the vascular screening.

    For more information, visit www.methodisthealth.com/heartscans.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Should everyone have a screening test?
A. No, screenings are beneficial for men between 45 and 76, and women between 55 and 76 or if you are considered high risk. Risk factors include family history, smoking and diabetes. This is a screening exam to assist in detecting potential diseases. If you have coronary artery disease or known atherosclerosis, you do not need this test.

Q. Will my insurance pay?
A. Your insurance may provide overage. Medicare will not.

Q. How long will the tests take?
A. The Vascular Screening package takes about 30 minutes. The Heart Scan is 15 minutes. The complete Heart Scan Plus package takes one hour.

Q. Why should I have screening at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital?
A. Your results will be processed in an accredited lab and evaluated by either a cardiologist or a vascular surgeon with the highest level of training. Your results will be sent to you quickly within seven business days. We suggest you share the results with your primary care physician or cardiologist. For more information, call 713-790-3333.