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Planet Heart

Your heart and vascular systems are complex subjects that deserve comprehensive care. Thankfully, a whole world of heart care is available through Avera Heart Hospital with the next step in heart and vascular prevention: Planet Heart. 

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Call 1-877-AT-AVERA (1-877-282-8372) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Discover heart and vascular care that's worlds ahead.

Purchase Avera Heart Hospital Gift Certificates OnlineGive the Gift of Health

Give someone you love the gift of health by purchasing a Planet Heart gift certificate. Gift certificates can be purchased for $50 or $75.

To purchase gift certificates call 605-977-7000 and ask for the concierge, order online, or stop by the hospital concierge desk (4500 W. 69th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57108).

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Heart Check

Heart Check for $50

Planet Heart Locations

$50 heart checks are available in:

  • Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD
  • Madison Community Hospital, Madison, SD
  • Avera Dell Rapids Hospital, Dell Rapids, SD
  • Platte Health Center, Platte, SD
  • Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston, SD
  • Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera, Pipestone, MN
  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall, MN
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, IA
  • Spencer Hospital, Spencer, IA

What is Included

  • Calcium Score CT - crucial to early detection of heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar check

All are followed up with an education and risk assessment by an expert cardiovascular team, including a diet quality index and limited tobacco cessation and nutrition counseling, as needed.

What is calcium scoring?

Cardiac calcium scoring looks for calcified or hardened plaque in the coronary arteries.  State-of-the-art CT equipment helps to determine a patient's risk of heart disease before symptoms develop.  Calcium in the coronary arteries is shown on the CT scan and can be a sign that there is atherosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries which can block blood flow.  This can put you at risk of a heart attack.

After the CT scan your nurse will explain the score to you.  Absence of calcium is scored at a "0".  If there is calcium present you will receive a score.  The cardiac nurse will explain this score to you before you leave your screening.

Is the Planet Heart screening covered by insurance?

Planet Heart is a screening and is not covered by insurance.  Patients are responsible for charges the day of the screening.

Is there an age requirement for Planet Heart?

Cardiac calcium scoring is not recommended for male patients 40 years and younger or for female patients 45 years old or younger.  These age recommendations are based off of Mayo Clinic data.

How to Prepare

Please allow ONE hour for your appointment.

  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid sugars
  • Avoid smoking
  • You may eat a light meal 4 hours beforehand
  • Do not eat anything by mouth the final 2 hours before testing

Helpful Clothing Tips

  • Please wear a comfortable two-piece outfit
  • Please wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short sleeved allowing for the blood pressure cuff to be placed on your arm.

During the Scan

  • During the scan, you will feel the table move inside a donut-shaped scanner.
  • The high-speed CT scan captures multiple images, synchronized with your heartbeat. A sophisticated computer program analyzes the images for presence of calcification within the coronary arteries.
  • Calcium scoring does involve using radiation to obtain images.

Vascular Check

Vascular Check for $50

Vascular Check Location

  • Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD
  • Avera Dell Rapids Hospital, Dell Rapids, SD
  • Platte Medical Center, Platte, SD
  • Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston, SD
  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall, MN
  • Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera, Pipestone, MN
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, IA
  • Spencer Hospital, Spencer, IA

What is Included

  • Carotid artery screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral artery disease screening

How to Prepare

Please allow 30 minutes for your vascular screening and 75 minutes if you are having a vascular screening with a Planet Heart check.  You should arrive at the Avera Heart Hospital (4500 W. 69th St.) 10 minutes prior to your appointment.

How should I prepare for the vascular screenings?

Please wear a comfortable two-piece outfit of loose clothing. You must fast for two hours prior to your screening (nothing by mouth).  There is no minimum age requirement for the vascular screening.

What will be involved in the screening?

  • Stroke / Carotid Artery Screening - You will be asked to get on an exam table and lie on your back. The technologist will be examining your neck.
  • Abdominal Aortic Screening - You will be asked to get on an exam table and lie on your back.  The technologist will be examining your abdominal area.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening - You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes. The technologist will be placing blood pressure cuffs on your upper arms and ankles.

Will I receive my results right away?

Your exam will be read by a vascular specialist.  Results will be mailed to you within 7-10 days after having your exam.  Planet Heart results are given the day of the exam.

Heart & Vascular Check

Heart AND Vascular Check for $75

Schedule your screenings together and receive the special price of $75.

Planet Heart Location

  • Avera Heart Hospital Sioux Falls, SD
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD
  • Avera Dell Rapids Hospital, Dell Rapids, SD
  • Platte Health Center, Platte, SD
  • Avera St. Benedict Hospital, Parkston, SD
  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall, MN
  • Pipestone County Medical Center & Family Clinic Avera, Pipestone, MN
  • Spencer Hospital, Spencer IA
  • Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, IA

What is Included

  • Calcium Score CT - crucial to early detection of heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar check
  • Carotid artery screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral artery disease screening
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