Severe Cardiac Events With High Calcium Level In Arteries

According to a study published in Radiology online edition, severe cardiac events may be predicted in patients with stable coronary artery disease using coronary calcium scoring by the researchers.

The study’s lead author, Marcus Hacker, M.D., resident physician in the department of Nuclear Medicine, said “Independent of the patient’s sex , age and other coronary risk factors, amount of calcium in the coronary vessels is of high predictive value for subsequent serious or fatal heart attack”.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women, killing more than 500,000 Americans each year.

Source: Radiological Society of North America