Coronary Calcium Scan
Why It Is Done
Your doctor may want you to have a coronary calcium scan if you have several risk factors for heart disease. Or your doctor may want you to have this test if he or she thinks that results could change your treatment for heart disease.
This test might be most helpful for people who have no symptoms but who are at medium risk for heart disease. Medium risk means that you have a 10% to 20% chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, based on your risk factors. This means that 10 to 20 out of 100 people with this level of risk will have a heart attack in the next 10 years.
To find out your risk, see the Reference Interactive Tool: Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack? Reference And talk with your doctor about your risk for heart disease.
A coronary calcium scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.Reference 1 This test may not tell your doctor any more about your risk for heart disease than your risk factors do.
This screening test is not for you if:
- You don't have any risk factors for heart disease.
- You are at high risk for heart disease. (You should already be under a doctor's care.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology