If a person develops coronary artery disease during their lifetime, calcium is deposited in the vessel wall as part of the disease process. Specialized CAT scans of the heart can document the presence or absence of this coronary artery calcium.
The amount of coronary calcium present correlates well to the overall amount of coronary artery plaque present in the arteries. Many studies have documented that the amount of coronary calcium present can predict a patient's future risk of heart attack. Just as importantly, the absence of detectable coronary artery calcium places the patient at a very low risk of future heart attacks over the near future.
By identifying patients at higher risk of future events, we can be much more aggressive in our preventive testing and treatment. These coronary calcium scores, result interpretation and preventive therapy recommendations are available through the preventive cardiology clinic .
To schedule and appointment for a coronary calcuim scan, call 970.221.1000 or 800.459.4241. No referral necessary.