What is coronary calcium score?

 

A coronary calcium score measures the amount of calcium present within the coronary arteries.
Because calcium often deposits in plaques (narrowings) within the arteries, a calcium score can help to indicate whether coronary artery disease may be developing or already present.After assessment of classic risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and a family history of heart disease) a coronary calcium score is sometimes used to give extra information about the risk of a heart attack in future. It is performed with a CT scan of the heart and takes around 10-15 minutes.
After the test, the result is discussed in detail – a high calcium score may suggest that lifestyle changes and/or medication are needed to reduce the risk of a heart attack in future.

 

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