Any Risks of the Coronary Artery Calcium Scan?

Q:
I heard the coronary artery calcium scan may be harmful. So what’s the side effects and who should not take it?
A:  
In general, the coronary artery calcium scan is helpful for people with no symptoms but at medium risk for heart disease. To take the scan or not largely depends on your risk of heart attack. So check it out with your doctor before the decision.

Risk factors of heart attack, include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. A coronary calcium scan is not advised for routine screening for coronary artery disease. And you’d better not take the screening if:

  • You have no risk factors for heart disease.
  • You are at high risk for heart disease even with a doctor’s care.

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