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Coronary Calcium Risk Score and Cardiovascular Risk

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Angelica Lehker and Debabrata Mukherjee*   Pages 280 - 284 ( 5 )

Abstract:


The association between the presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) has been appreciated for decades. In this review, we critically appraise the role of CAC based on computerized tomography in contemporary risk stratification. Available evidence suggests that the measurement of CAC is a useful modality in many patients for more precise risk stratification and prognostic determination. Whether newer CAC score incorporating extra coronary calcification will add incremental value, especially for stroke and other non-coronary vascular outcomes, needs a prospective study.

Keywords:

Coronary artery calcium, coronary artery disease, computerized tomography, agatston score, statin therapy, CT scanners.

Affiliation:

Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas 79905, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas 79905

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