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Coronary Calcium Score

What is this CT Coronary Calcium Score?

A CT Coronary Calcium Score is a non-invasive medical test of obtaining information about the presence, location, and extent of calcified plaque in coronary arteries. This test is performed using a CT Scanner.

Why should I care about this CT Calcium Score?

Because a high score here means bad news for your heart and arteries. For some information on what might happen to people with high calcium scores, click on the button below.

Learn about Coronary Artery Disease

What Does My Calcium Score Mean?

Calcium in your blood vessels is a marker of coronary artery disease. Hence the amount of calcium detected in a CT Coronary Calcium Score is a useful tool for your doctor to make a diagnosis. The information acquired in a CT Coronary Calcium Score is known as a Calcium Score.


If you have no symptoms and your Calcium Score is 0 (normal), your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years is low (approximately less than 1%). In this case, you are less likely to benefit from aggressive long term cholesterol lowering medication.

 

CA-Normal CA-Mild
ca-severe

Normal Calcium Score : 0

 Mild Blockage

Severe Blockage


In general, the higher your score, the more likely you are to have coronary artery disease. If your score is high, your doctor may recommend further action.

Should I Undergo A CT Coronary Calcium Score?

Any individual with no symptoms, aged 30 and above, high cholesterol or diabetes mellitus or high blood pressure, family history of coronary artery disease, past or present smoker, overweight as well as inactive or sedentary lifestyle.

If you have symptoms, a more accurate non-invasive test to assess for coronary artery disease can be done, i.e. the CT Coronary Angiography with contrast which can also be done in iHEAL Medical Centre.


The Benefits Of Doing A CT Coronary Calcium Score

  1. It provides incremental information in diagnosing early coronary artery disease compared to traditional clinical risk factor and stress test.
  2. It is a convenient and non-invasive way to evaluate whether you have an increased risk of heart attack.
  3. It is a very fast test, causes no pain and does not require injection of contrast material. It is as fast as taking a normal photograph.
  4. The amount of radiation that you are exposed to is relatively lower with the 640-Slice CT Scanner. Our centre uses strict protocol to achieve the lowest radiation possible for each examination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What will I receive after the test?

  1. You will receive a report in the form of a print out for your test scores
  2. Our doctors will discuss a personalised plan for you to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

 

What happens if my results indicate that I have calcium in my arteries? Does it mean that I have coronary artery disease?

  1. The absolute calcium score will categorise your risk into low, medium, or high.
  2. To determine whether you truly have serious blockage of the coronary artery, further non-invasive tests such as the stress test and CT coronary angiography will be recommended by our doctors.
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