SHOULD YOU HAVE A CORONARY CALCIUM SCAN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Who's at risk for a heart attack? A Johns Hopkins study led by Michael Blaha and published in the Lancet suggests that coronary calcium scanning augments what we already use to predict risk.
BLAHA: For a long time we've used just traditional risk factors for identifying heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, but it turns out there's better ways of predicting heart disease risk and one of those ways is with imaging studies, for example looking at coronary calcium in coronary arteries, that shows you have buildup even though you might not have had really severe risk factors. :20
Blaha says those at intermediate risk stand to gain from such a scan.
BLAHA: Currently patients who are in the middle, not very high, not very low risk, really benefit from getting this test to figure out if in fact they're at high risk or if they're at low risk. It helps further discern folks we otherwise don't know whom to treat. :15
Blaha says if build up is seen, statins may be considered. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.