Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

What is Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring?

Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) scoring is a quick, painless test using a high speed CT scanner (Multi-Slice CT) to measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries.  Calcium is found in coronary arteries diseased with atherosclerosis, the process of "hardening of the arteries," which can lead to a heart attack.  More calcium means a higher risk for heart attack.

Why Have a Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring?

Your CAC score can help to more accurately predict your future risk of developing a heart attack.  This will help determine if you need to start taking a cholesterol lowering medicine or other treatments.  A normal score means you are at a very low risk for a future heart attack and would not benefit from medical treatment of your cholesterol levels at this time.  Knowing this could save you money.

Who Benefits from a Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring?

Individuals who are at intermediate risk of developing symptoms of heart disease in the next 10 years benefit most from CAC testing.   You are considered to have an intermediate risk of future heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55 with at least one of the following:

  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • family history of premature coronary artery disease

Individuals at very low risk (none of the above risk factors) or very high risk (for example, with a prior heart attack) generally do not benefit from CAC testing.

How Do I Obtain a Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

Ask your physician to determine if a Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring is right for you.  Convenient appointments are available.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 717-531-3799 and choose Option #1.