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Coronary calcium distribution tied to heart attack risk
Date:5/26/2008

was a relationship between the distribution of calcium shown in the CT images and the likelihood heart attack or other cardiac event.

The results showed that diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia (abnormal concentrations of lipids [fats] or lipoproteins in the blood) were highly associated with calcium coverage score. The study also found that the calcium coverage scorewhich takes into account the location of the calciumwas a better predictor of future cardiac events than currently used measures that gauge only the amount of calcium present. On average, compared to patients without diabetes, patients with diabetes had 44 percent more of their coronary arteries affected by plaque. A twofold increase in calcium coverage score indicated a 34 percent increase in risk of heart attack or other serious cardiac event and a 52 percent increase in the risk of any cardiac event.

Calcium coverage scoring has the potential to improve our estimate of a patients risk for adverse clinical outcomes, such as heart attacks or death, Dr. Brown said.


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Contact: Linda Brooks
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Radiological Society of North America
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