Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) – detected by a simple CT screening scan, is the most important predictor of cardiovascular events according to a new analysis published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers found that elevated CAC scores were better predictors of cardiovascular events than six other tests commonly used as risk markers for heart disease for patients with intermediate risk of heart disease.
Today, cardiovascular disease prevention focuses on treating at-risk people based on their overall cardiovascular risk. Your Doctor may use a tool called the Framingham risk score as a first step in determining your risk profile. This is a good overall took, but might not be that precise for people with higher than normal risk factors. So, other risk models can be used in addition to Framingham to get a more accurate picture.
When researchers compared different types of risk markers, they found Coronary Artery Calcium scores to be the best at better clarifying cardiovascular risk prediction for intermediate-risk people.
Canada Diagnostic has been offering Coronary Artery Calcium scores since 2002. It is a quick and accurate way to look at your coronary arteries to detect hard placque, an early indicator of atherosclerosis. Learn more about the scan and our other atherosclerosis risk screening tests by clicking here.
Call us anytime to find out more about our diagnostic scanning (MRI, CT and Ultrasound) as well as our screening exams. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. 604-709-8522.