Heart & Cardiology/Calcium score

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Are the quick CT’s of the heart (cardiac calcium scoring) a waste of time or do they provide real useful information on your heart? I’m 41, although healthy, my father had heart disease before age 55. I was able to get one of these “scans” for cheap at a local large teaching hospital. My score was “0”- which is good I guess but I have heard different opinions as to these scans and their usefulness.

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Hi Philip,
A score was “0” means there is no calcium in your coronaries. That's excellent, but I don't think it is a useful test. Much more useful is a proper consultation and evaluation of your cardiac risks:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/cardiovascular-health-factors-atherosclerosis-treat
http://www.cardiachealth.org/app/risk-assessment.php
If your risks are high, it might be justifiable to ask for a stress echo:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-diagnosis/exercise-stress-tests
However, I in testing based on facts learned from a proper consultation and don't order  "a shot in the dark" as a rule.
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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