CT Coronary Calcium Scoring
What is CT Coronary Calcium Scoring?
Computed Tomography (CT) Coronary Calcium Scoring measures the amount of calcified plaque (calcium) inside the walls of the heart’s arteries. This information obtained can help evaluate whether a person is at increased risk of a heart attack.
Plaque is made up of fats, cholesterol, and calcium. It develops gradually over time, long before there are any signs or symptoms of the disease. Plaque deposits can restrict the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the muscles of the heart.
The result of the test is usually given in terms of score. A score of zero indicates no calcium is seen in the heart. A score of 100 to 300 is indicative of moderate plaque deposits. A score greater than 300 is considered very high and increased risk of a heart attack.
A heart scan can also motivate people at moderate risk of heart diseases to incorporate important lifestyle changes and follow treatment plans.