Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
CAD either causes progressive narrowing of the arteries leading to poor heart functioning and angina or more catastrophically could result in acute plaque rupture and a heart attack, often without preceding warning. Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool. The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a coronary calcium score.
What are the risks for CAD?
- high blood cholesterol levels
- family history of heart attacks
- high blood pressure
- cigarette smoking
- overweight or obese
- physical inactivity
How does Coronary Calcium Scoring help?
The coronary calcium score is used to refine individual’s risk of CAD. This will guide the medical practitioner as to how aggressively to treat the risk factors for CAD.