Coronary Artery Calcification And Atherosclerosis

Calcific deposits in coronary arteries are pathognomonic of atherosclerosis. Detection of coronary calcium by EBT has been demonstrated to be highly sensitive for the presence of significant CAD, with a very high sensitivity and negative predictive value (>99%). Thus a score of 0 (no coronary calcium) can virtually exclude those patients with obstructive CAD. The most powerful and important data for this modality relates to its ability to predict future coronary events in both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons. Patients with increased levels of coronary calcium are at up to 10 times increased risk of future cardiac events.

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    How to reduce coronary artery calcification?
    7 years ago

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