CT CALCIUM SCORE

What is CT Coronary Calcium Score?

A CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score is a non-invasive medical test to obtain information on the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. It is measured by taking a special computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The scan shows the amount of hardening of the artery wall (the disease that causes this hardening is called atherosclerosis). The results of the scan make it possible to estimate the risk of a heart attack or stroke (brain attack) in the next 5–10 years. The higher the calcium score, the higher the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

A high calcium score does not mean that you will have a heart attack, only that there is a greater likelihood of having one than someone with a low score. Even a person with a score of zero could have a heart attack.

Why should I care about this CT Calcium Score?

Because a high score here means bad news for your heart and arteries. For some information on what might happen to people with high calcium scores, click on the button below.

What Does My Calcium Score Mean?

Calcium in your blood vessels is a marker of coronary artery disease. Hence the amount of calcium detected in a CT Coronary Calcium Score is a useful tool for your doctor to make a diagnosis. The information acquired in a CT Coronary Calcium Score is known as a Calcium Score.

If you have no symptoms and your Calcium Score is 0 (normal), your chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years is low (approximately less than 1%). In this case, you are less likely to benefit from aggressive long term cholesterol lowering medication.

 

Calcium Score : 0
Low Risk

Calcium Score : 200
Moderate Risk

Calcium Score : 1191
High Risk

In general, the higher your score, the more likely you are to have coronary artery disease. If your score is high, your doctor may recommend further action.

Should I Undergo A CT Coronary Calcium Score?

Heart disease is one of the major causes of death in Malaysia. Protect yourself from this disease by undergoing the CT Coronary Calcium Score test. If you’re 30 and above and have high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus or high blood pressure, family history of coronary artery disease, past or present smoker, are overweight or lead an inactive or sedentary lifestyle, the CT Coronary Calcium Score comes highly recommended. Even if you’re an individual not in the high risk category, it is advisable to undergo the procedure to safeguard yourself in future.

The Benefits Of Doing A CT Coronary Calcium Score

 

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Early Diagnosing

It provides incremental information in diagnosing early coronary artery disease compared to traditional clinical risk factor and stress test.

Fast Test

It is a very fast test, causes no pain and does not require injection of contrast material. It is as fast as taking a normal photograph.

Evaluate Risk

It is a convenient and non-invasive way to evaluate whether you have an increased risk of heart attack.

Lower Radiation

The amount of radiation that you are exposed to is relatively lower with the 640-Slice CT Scanner. Our centre uses strict protocol to achieve the lowest radiation possible for each examination.

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Dr. David Khoo Sin Keat

Dr. David Khoo Sin Keat

Consultant Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Wong Teck Wee

Dr. Wong Teck Wee

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Chong Yoon Sin

Dr. Chong Yoon Sin

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Yap Yee Guan

Dr. Yap Yee Guan

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

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What is CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score?

A CT Coronary Artery Calcium Score is a non-invasive medical test to obtain information on the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. It is measured by taking a special computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The scan shows the amount of hardening of the artery wall (the disease that causes this hardening is called atherosclerosis). The results of the scan make it possible to estimate the risk of a heart attack or stroke (brain attack) in the next 5–10 years. The higher the calcium score, the higher the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

A high calcium score does not mean that you will have a heart attack, only that there is a greater likelihood of having one than someone with a low score. Even a person with a score of zero could have a heart attack.

What and who will benefit from the Coronary Artery Calcium Score?

The benefit of this Coronary Artery Calcium Score is to gain better understanding on the relative risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the mere future, and using that information to decide on approaches to reduce the risk.
Your doctor may decide that a second calcium score scan after a few years might be helpful to compare the results with the previous scan.

The calcium score are most informative for women aged between 35 and 70 years and men aged between 40 and 60 years in terms of providing information about cardiovascular risk, or the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Scores in patients outside these age ranges do not have any value in assessing increased risk.

Who will not benefit from a Coronary Artery Calcium Score?

The calcium score is of no benefit to someone who has already had a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or a coronary artery stent. These events have already indicated a high risk. A calcium score cannot be used to see if any treatment is working or not.

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Level 7 & 8, Annexe Block, Menara IGB, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
E: enquiry@ihealmedical.com
T : + 603 2287 7398
T : + 6016 261 5297
T : + 6016 343 7398
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