What do the results of a coronary calcium scan mean?
A coronary calcium scan shows how much plaque is in your arteries; a score of 0 is ideal. Watch cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, explain how the lower your score is, the lower your risk of having a heart attack - despite your cholesterol levels.
The coronary calcium scan is the one test that we want to get a zero on. [MUSIC PLAYING]
The coronary calcium scan is the one test that we want to get a zero on. That means no plaque.
It means very low risk. In fact, it's really a warranty, for the next 10 years, you're not going to have a heart attack.
And you do not have to take a statin drug no matter what your cholesterol level is.
Now, if you do have plaque, the higher the score, the higher the risk. And so you have to talk with your internist,
your cardiologist, and decide which treatments. It can be diet, medication, exercise.
But the higher it is, the more aggressive an intervention is required because the higher the risk
of a future heart attack. The calcium score starts at zero. That's the score we all want to have.
But even a score between 10 and 100 increases your chance of a heart attack four to eight-fold.
And if it's over 100, it starts increasing it up to 10 to 20-fold. And when it's over 400, it's over 20-fold increase
in your chance of having a heart attack. And the score can go right up into the thousands. If your score is over 1,000, which is quite unusual,
you actually have one in four chance of having a heart attack in the next year.
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