I know that many people have never heard of this type of CT scan - I think this webpage webmd.com/heart-disease/cor... discusses well how this test can help some people in determining their future cardiac risk. I had extremely high cholesterol readings for 30 years and had resisted taking statins in an attempt to reduce the levels - after all I had no other risk factors, non-smoking, god blood pressure, not overweight, exercised regularly for years - but I was found to have a high count of 600 . I was soon convinced to start taking medication by the appearance of the scans and the risk calculator that had me at a 40% chance of a major heart attack within the next 3 years. A reduction of my cholesterol numbers to what they recommended has now halved that risk % . But who knows - might still have a heart attack sometime in the future, but in the meantime I am enjoying life and have taken up long distance running and thoroughly enjoying the company of the running community ( at age 71!! ) Friends say that I might have a heart attack when out running on the road - my answer is "that is the plan - so long as it is a good one and not a half - hearted one. At my age, I am statistically likely to die from firstly a car accident, secondly some kind of cancer and thirdly a heart attack . The first two don't appeal to me at all!!
Coronary Calcium Score test - British Heart Fou...
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