The coronary calcium score test is an excellent screening tool for heart disease.

The calcium score number closely correlates to the likelihood of having coronary heart disease: mild, moderate or severe.

It also closely correlates to the likelihood of having a cardiac event in the next several years.

“Calcium scoring is an additional tool to assess cardiovascular risk,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of NYU Women’s Heart Program and radio show host of “Beyond the Heart” on Doctor Radio SiriusXM.

Dr. Goldberg explains, “I use it in individuals who have an early family history of heart disease: a father less than 50 or mom less than 60 when they had their first heart attack.”

Dr. Goldberg also uses the calcium scoring for “people who have intermediate risk for heart disease, meaning, they are not clearly high or low risk.”

Most people have never undergone a calcium score test. Many don’t even know what this is.

Others think it’s too expensive, but the test can run between around $200 and $300–well worth it.

It takes only about five minutes, too. If you know that your calcium score correlates to mild coronary heart disease, you can then take measures to help prevent a progression such as quitting smoking and starting an exercise program.

Don’t be in the dark about what’s going on inside your coronary arteries, like so many people are — and then one day they drop from a heart attack — that probably could have been prevented.

If you have a question about the calcium score test for detecting the likelihood of heart disease, check out the article links below.

“Can I be too young to have coronary artery disease?”

Dr. Goldberg is senior advisor, Women’s Health Strategy, NYU Langone Health; founder and former medical director, Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health; and clinical associate professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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