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    Coronary Calcium Scan

    What To Think About

    • Coronary calcium scans are not needed very often, because a physical exam and other tests can give information about your heart. This test is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease.1
    • If your coronary calcium scan shows that you have a high chance of having heart disease, you can take steps to lower your chance. Eat better, stay at a healthy weight, quit smoking, and get more exercise. These are the same steps your doctor would recommend after looking at your health history, your physical health, and any lab tests, such as a cholesterol test. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about your treatment choices.
    • Coronary calcium scans may not be covered by all health insurance plans.
    • Coronary calcium scans may not be available in some areas of the United States, such as in small towns.
    • Sometimes doctors automatically schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But experts say that routine heart tests can be a waste of time and money. To learn more, see Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?

    Related Information

    • Heart Disease Risk: Should I Have a Coronary Calcium Scan?

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    Last Updated: August 05, 2014
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