What are the implications of cardiac calcification imaging findings in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: Sohail G Contractor, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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The amount of coronary calcification relates to the extent of atherosclerosis, although the relationship between arterial calcification and the probability of plaque rupture is unknown. A zero calcification score is a good predictor of absence of significant CAD. Detecting extensive coronary calcification on CT appears to be a marker of significant atherosclerotic burden and serves as an indication for a more aggressive evaluation of coronary risk factors and an early institution of dietary and/or drug therapy. [55]


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