Do You Know Your Calcium Score?

The Newest Risk Factor

First it was blood cholesterol that could give you an early warning that a heart attack might be around the corner. Then came c-reactive protein. And now that doctors can get a better look at what's inside your heart arteries, they are taking a new interest in something they have always known was present in problem vessels: calcium. Hospitals, clinics and even gyms are touting quick and easy scans that can measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries in minutes. But while calcium scores can be helpful, doctors caution that using them to predict who is at risk of...

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