Author(s): Youssef G, Kalia N, Darabian S, Budoff MJ
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Abstract Calcium artery calcium (CAC) scoring has become an integral part in the era of preventive cardiology, it has been extensively studied and been validated as a powerful tool for cardiovascular risk assessment in conjunction with other traditional well established scoring systems such as Framingham risk score. In addition, CAC testing has found its way into emergency department algorithms assessing low to intermediate risk patients presenting with chest pain, this strategy was recently adopted by the UK NICE guidelines, confidently ruling out cardiac origin of chest pain. Several studies have demonstrated that risk assessment using CAC was motivational to patients leading to better adherence to their preventive practices as well as to medications. Accordingly, this test has several recommendations for use by national and international guidelines.
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