A coronary calcium scan (or heart scan) is a specialized diagnostic exam which measures the buildup of calcified plaque in the arteries of the heart.
Your calcium score will give your cardiologist a more accurate picture of your risk of cardiac health issues. A higher coronary calcium score may reflect a higher probability of coronary artery disease and higher risk of heart attack.
How often should you get a coronary calcium scan?
If you are at high risk for heart disease your cardiologist may recommend this scan as a one time test. Your score will determine if you may need another test in a few years.
After receiving a coronary calcium scan, you will have a follow-up appointment with your cardiologist. The doctor will explain your score and use it to craft a treatment plan that will minimize your future risk of heart disease or other cardiovascular complications.