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CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score

A recent study conducted by researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine will help cardiologists to better predict cardiovascular risk and disease in adults at an intermediate risk for heart disease. The findings demonstrate that the measure of the coronary artery calcium score through the use of CT scanning is the most accurate prediction of heart related complications.


Cardiac CT scanning is a non-invasive medical test that offers the cardiologists a more detailed look at the heart to further determine the best method of treatment. The test gives a more in depth look at the presence and location of plaque in the coronary arteries. Patients who show a build-up of calcified plaque are often at a higher risk for heart attacks.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 1,300 individuals, followed over a period of seven years who displayed intermediate risks for heart disease. Throughout the study, the six most significant indicators of heart disease were compared which include the CT CAC score, ankle-brachial index, brachial flow mediated dilation, carotid intima-media thickness, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and family history.

Co-author of the publication, Dr. Carr stated, “this work demonstrates the calcium score out performs these widely studied tests and even family history in the prediction of future heart attacks and cardiovascular death. For healthcare providers, we have the first direct comparison of these tests. This new evidence will help in advising our patients when additional information is needed to refine an individual’s risk of heart disease. In many cases no additional testing is needed; however, for those important cases where refining our understanding of risk of heart disease are critical to medical decision making, the cardiac CT measured calcium score is a clear winner as relates to future risk for an individual.”

For more information regarding the cardiac calcium scoring exam, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today.

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