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The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Heart Calcium Tests

The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Heart Calcium Tests
  • PublishedJune 13, 2024

Sulphur Springs, TX –

It is always a little intimidating to have a new medical test scheduled. Will it hurt? Is it invasive? How long will it take?

The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation wants to remove the apprehension from heart calcium scans. They do not hurt unless you have difficulty lying on your back for ten minutes. They are not invasive…just a few electrodes on your chest and holding your breath for a few seconds at one point. Although you may spend about 30 minutes at the hospital to get your scan, the actual scan only takes about 10 minutes.

Even better, the CT Scanner doesn’t make most people feel claustrophobic. A patient enters the small scanner feet first and the scan focuses on the chest area. The patient is not strapped down.

The staff is gracious and professional. The scan results are sent to you and your doctor quickly.

What makes scheduling a scan even better right now is that the Foundation is offering sixty Hopkins County men a chance for a free heart calcium scan. Men between the ages of 40 – 60 and have one or more risk factors (obesity, diabetes, current smoker, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease) are eligible for the free scans.

Scans will be scheduled for July. To reserve an appointment, call 903-439-4040, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

This project of the Health Care Foundation has been funded by income from Mingo and direct donations from individuals. This is the first Foundation offering targeting men’s health. For several years, the Foundation has offered a free mammography clinic and In My Closet which provides free wigs, breast prosthetics, and more to Hopkins County women battling breast cancer.

The Foundation is an IRS 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. Funds raised by the Foundation are used solely to benefit Hopkins County citizens’ health.

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Chloe Kopal

Chloe Kopal was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She attended Sulphur Springs High School for 4 years and graduated in 2021. She was also a line member for the Blue Blazes Drill Team for 3 years. Chloe is the Digital Content Creator for Front Porch News. Her love for our community shows through her work. She is very passionate about photography and has been ever since the first time she picked up a camera many years ago.