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Planet Heart

A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Clinic

Planet Heart offers a full spectrum of services targeting cardiovascular disease prevention, providing both the Heart Check and Stroke Check screenings to evaluate potential vascular health concerns.

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  • Calcium Score CT – crucial to early detection of heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar check
  • Education and risk assessment with an expert cardiovascular nurse
  • Diet quality index
  • Limited tobacco cessation and nutrition counseling – as needed
  • Athletic Enhancement Day Pass

Call Spencer Hospital at (712) 264-8300 ext. 6500 to schedule your Heart Check appointment.


What is Planet Heart?

Planet Heart is a cardiovascular risk identification and reduction program operated by Spencer Hospital. The program includes the following screening components:

  • Calcium score CT (not read by a physician)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass index
  • Waist circumference
  • Diet Quality Index
  • Cholesterol and blood sugar

Upon completion of the above screening component, one of the Planet Heart Registered Nurses reviews the results with participants. Participants are given education regarding their results as compared to moderate or high-risk factors, participants are also educated about stress management and physical activity. Participants are also offered access to tobacco cessation and nutrition counseling as needed.

What is the cost of a Planet Heart screening?

Each Planet Heart screening costs $50. This is a cash only program; insurance claims are not filed on behalf of participants.

What occurs if participants have abnormal results?

Depending on the nature of the abnormal exam, participants are given a “script to Health”. This script includes the following options:

  • See Your primary care physician - share the results for further follow up
  • Tobacco Cessation Referral
  • Nutrition and Wellness Coach Referral
  • Make an appointment with a cardiologist

Generally speaking, we encourage all patients to review their results with their primary care physician. Patients with calcium scores greater than 100 are typically encouraged to consult a cardiologist. Referrals to any of the above are left entirely up to the patient. Planet Heart does not make referrals and/or appointments on the patient’s behalf.

Is a physician referral necessary for a Planet Heart screening?

A physician referral is not necessary for a Planet Heart screening. Participants may refer themselves to the program by scheduling an appointment by calling Spencer Hospital at (712) 264-8300 ext. 6500.


Calcium score CT performed by Spencer Hospital     Education and risk assessment with Spencer Hospital nurse
Calcium score CT performed by Spencer Hospital    Education and risk assessment with a Spencer Hospital nurse.


Meeting with Nutrition and Wellness Coach 
Meeting with Nutrition and Wellness Coach.