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How High Can A Cardiac Calcium Scan Get Before The

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Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2022
Question: How high can a cardiac calcium scan get before the doctor requests a more detailed screening approach.
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Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome to Ask a Doctor service!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that calcium score test is a reliable test to evaluate a person’s risk for coronary artery disease.

A score of 100 to 300 means moderate plaque deposits. It's associated with a relatively high risk of a heart attack or other heart disease over the next three to five years.
A score greater than 300 is a sign of very high to severe disease and heart attack risk.

So, if the patient has clinical symptomatology of coronary artery disease( chest pain, shortness of breath, etc) coupled with a moderate or high calcium score, he should perform coronary angiography, which is the golden standard test to examine the blood flow in coronary artery disease and for the diagnosis of CAD.

Hope you will find this information helpful!

I remain at your disposal in case of further questions whenever you need!

Kind regards,

Dr. Ilir Sharka, cardiologist
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How High Can A Cardiac Calcium Scan Get Before The

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome to Ask a Doctor service! Regarding your concern, I would explain that calcium score test is a reliable test to evaluate a person’s risk for coronary artery disease. A score of 100 to 300 means moderate plaque deposits. It's associated with a relatively high risk of a heart attack or other heart disease over the next three to five years. A score greater than 300 is a sign of very high to severe disease and heart attack risk. So, if the patient has clinical symptomatology of coronary artery disease( chest pain, shortness of breath, etc) coupled with a moderate or high calcium score, he should perform coronary angiography, which is the golden standard test to examine the blood flow in coronary artery disease and for the diagnosis of CAD. Hope you will find this information helpful! I remain at your disposal in case of further questions whenever you need! Kind regards, Dr. Ilir Sharka, cardiologist