What is Cardiac Calcium Scoring?

Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a procedure that uses a CT scan to measure the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries.  Images generated by a CT Scan will give a score based on how much calcification is visible.  This score will help your Doctor assess your risk of developing coronary artery disease-related events. Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attack or stroke.

What is a High or Low Calcium Score for Your Heart?

A score of 100-300 is considered a moderate plaque deposition.  This score indicates a relatively high risk of  having a heart attack or other heart disease over the next 3-5 years.

A score of over 300 indicates high to severe disease, and risk of heart attack.  This score should be addressed by your Doctor soon.