What’s Your Score: Calcium Scoring and Heart Health

Knowing your coronary calcium score can help keep your heart healthy.

What's a coronary calcium score? It's the result of a coronary calcium scan, a noninvasive scan of the heart used to access build-up of calcium in the plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries, which is an early sign of coronary heart disease. This scan, and your corresponding calcium score, are used to help diagnose coronary heart disease, the primary cause of heart attack, and estimate your risk of having a heart attack or developing other heart problems.

What to Know
• A coronary calcium score of 0 means your scan has detected no coronary heart disease.
• A coronary calcium score between 1 and 10 means there is trace evidence of coronary heart disease.
• A coronary calcium score between 11 and 100 means means there is some evidence of coronary heart disease. 
• A coronary calcium score between 101 and 400 means there is moderate evidence of coronary heart disease.
• A coronary calcium score higher than 400 means there is extensive evidence of coronary heart disease.

What to Do
Ideally, having a coronary calcium scan is helpful preventative medicine – learning your risk of heart attack while there's still time to prevent it. Your coronary calcium score will help determine if you are at low, intermediate or high risk of heart problems. In doing so, it will help your doctor determine what other tests, procedures, medications or lifestyle changes you might benefit from. 

To learn more about heart health and the comprehensive cardiovascular services offered at Medical Center of Plano, visit us online. To schedule your coronary calcium scan, call us at 972.519.1307.

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