Journal article

Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Position Statement: Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

Gary Liew, Clara Chow, Niels van Pelt, John Younger, Michael Jelinek, Jonathan Chan, Christian Hamilton-Craig

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CAC) is a non-invasive quantitation of coronary artery calcification using computed tomography (CT). It is a marker of atherosclerotic plaque burden and an independent predictor of future myocardial infarction and mortality. Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring provides incremental risk information beyond traditional risk calculators (eg. Framingham Risk Score). Its use for risk stratification is confined to primary prevention of cardiovascular events, and can be considered as "individualised coronary risk scoring" for those not considered to be of high or low risk. Medical practitioners should carefully counsel patients prior to CAC. Coronary Artery Calcium Scori..

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