It’s not a ticket to be reckless, but it can help reduce a person’s anxiety about their risk of a heart attack. The calcium score is a risk assessment tool, helpful in tailoring medical therapy, diet and exercise - Dr. Udo Hoffmann
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Maybe it's not the $64,000 question, but increasingly cardiologists are asking: What is the role of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring... On the surface, it's not a tough question to answer. After all, CAC has been around since at least 1990, and we've seen dozens of studies trumpeting its predictive value...
And the Winner Is...
There's no mystery about CAC score's popularity as a high-tech screen. Cardiovascular disease stubbornly stays the leading cause of mortality worldwide—and now the new #1 cause of years of life lost—despite the fact that effective preventive methods exist.
Yet cardiovascular risk prediction remains an imprecise science.…
Everyone interviewed for this article agreed that CAC has no role as a widespread screening modality in individuals at low risk. The fact that numerous centers in the United States persist in offering cheap calcium scans without appropriate pre-screening has clearly damaged the test's reputation in the wider cardiology community.
A simple heart scan could save many of these lives, but THE WIDOWMAKER reveals that a hidden battle fought inside America’s medical establishment has pitted prevention against intervention keeping scans in the shadows while cardiac surgeries soar.
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