What Is Coronary Calcium Scoring?
Coronary calcium scoring is a measure of calcified (hardened) plaque in the walls of coronary arteries, which is an early sign of heart disease / heart attack. Your doctor can obtain a calcium score through a cardiac CT scan. The CT scan takes images of the coronary arteries to identify the presence, location, and extent of calcified plaque.
What Is a CT Angiography?
CT angiography is a minimally invasive imaging test used to diagnose andc evaluate disease and abnormalities in the coronary arteries. During the angiogram, a contrast material (dye) is injected through a small catheter placed in a vein of the arm. While the contrast flows through the blood vessels into the chambers of your heart or the arteries that lead to your heart, A CT scan is performed to capture detailed images of blood vessels and the organs they supply.
The test enables doctors to measure the blood flow and blood pressure in the heart vessels, which can indicate blockages in the coronary arteries.
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