Coronary Artery Calcium Test
Cardiovascular help is extremely important, especially as we age and get older. At Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, our doctors are equipped to help predetermine your coronary issues, and using a Coronary Artery Calcium Test is a perfect example of how we can help you with heart-related issues before they happen. Dr. Elnahar and Dr. Schafranek are both experts in cardiology and can assure you they will give you the best options for treatment after your calcium test.
What is a Coronary Artery Calcium Test(CAC)?
A Coronary Artery Calcium test is simply a CAT scan that can measure how much calcium build-up is in the walls of the arteries in your heart. Calcium usually deposits itself in the artery walls, usually in the cholesterol plaque, which in turn is an indirect indicator that cholesterol plaque is indeed in the artery walls.
Knowing if you have calcium in your arteries is important because not only will it be an early identifier of heart health risks, but can effectively tell you how you can treat it. The amount of calcium present is ranked in what’s called a “calcium score.” The score is usually compared to findings in similarly aged men and women. High CAC scores usually predict future heart attack risks in women and men. This is a reasonable test for helping providers and patients decide on the best way to lower your heart attack risks.
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When to consider a cAC Test and what to expect
CAC Tests are helpful for many reasons, but most importantly they are used to determine your heart disease risk, which is put into a special risk calculator. These CAC tests can also help your healthcare provider determine the type of therapies you need for curbing your heart disease. These tests are quick, one-time-non-invasive tests that look for coronary calcium only. A general indicator of your future heart attack risks, CAC tests are usually a small out of pocket cost and only have a small amount of radiation associated with it.