Brigham and Women's Hospital Study Shows Value Of Calcium Scan In Predicting Heart Attack, Stroke Among Those Considered At Risk

Published: Dec 23, 2013

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A new study shows that coronary artery calcium (CAC) screening, an assessment tool that is not currently recommended for people considered at low risk, should play a more prominent role in helping determine a person's risk for heart attack and heart disease-related death, as well as the need for angioplasty or bypass surgery. CAC screening provides a direct measure of calcium deposits in heart arteries and is easily obtained on a computed tomography (CT) scan.

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