Coronary Calcium Scores
Based on imaging of arteries that directly visualize calcium deposits in the arteries. Calcium deposits indicate calcified plaques, which result from build-up of fat under the inner layer of the artery. The presence and extent of coronary arterial calcification can predict the presence of coronary artery stenosis, however, it is a truer marker of the extent of coronary atherosclerosis than the severity of the stenosis.
- Reasonable for CV risk assessment in asymptomatic adults at Framingham intermediate risks (10 to 20% 10-year risk)
- May be reasonable for patients at low to intermediate risk (6-10% 10-year risk)
- NOT recommended for patients at low risk (<6% 10-year risk)
- NOT recommended for patients at high risk
Have more questions about Coronary Calcium Scores? Feel free to contact us, we are always happy to answer your questions. Dr. Ben-Zur is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist who services patients in the Burbank, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, and Studio City areas.