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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.

Indications:

  1. Reasonable for CV risk assessment in asymptomatic adults at Framingham intermediate risks (10 to 20% 10-year risk)
  2. May be reasonable for patients at low to intermediate risk (6-10% 10-year risk)
  3. NOT recommended for patients at low risk (<6% 10-year risk)
  4. 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.

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