Cardiac Calcium Score and CT Angiography

A newer way to assess the likelihood of coronary disease is 'calcium scoring'. Here a CT scan of the heart is performed which assesses the amount of calcium within the coronary artetries. Calcium is very easy to see on the scan, and in general is a sign of underlying cholesterol build up or atheroma. The total amount can be added up and then plotted on a graph to see whether this is within normal limits for age and sex. The more calcium then the greater the future risk, indicating the need for further treatment, for example with statins, and possible investigation with exercise testing and / or angiography.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is up-to-date and accurate. However, it is intended to serve as a guide only. Symptoms may vary and if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a healthcare professional.