CT scans, or CAT scans, are commonly used to view blood vessels and soft tissue inside the body. When used to view calcium deposits in the blood vessels in the heart, it's called a calcium score screening heart scan or coronary calcium scan. This noninvasive test can find calcium buildup on the arterial walls, a risk factor for heart attack. Calcium buildup appears as white spots on a CT scan. The results of the test are called your coronary calcium score. Within several minutes, a coronary calcium scan can show if your arteries or blood vessels are narrowed.
Carl I. Schoenberger, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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What is a calcium-score screening heart scan?
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What complications can arise from kidney damage?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredKidney damage can be particularly problematic because ironically, among the many jobs the kidneys perform, is blood pressure control. If blood pressure sensors in the kidney malfunction, a vicious cycle of uncontrolled pressure ensues. Kidneys can slowly collapse, eventually progressing from mild chronic kidney disease to kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), where they just stop doing any good at all.
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What are symptoms of aortic dissection?
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Symptoms of aortic dissection include sudden, intense pain across the chest, and sometimes in the back between the shoulder blades.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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