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Simple heart scan may help identify patients at risk for premature death

from Medical Xpress

According to the National Institutes of Health, a CAC is an X-ray test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries. These specks of calcium are called calcifications and are an early sign of coronary artery disease. Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, led by Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., professor of cardiology, collected and assessed CAC scores and risk factor data taken from 9,715 study participants between the years 1996 and 1999. The findings suggest that CAC scans could help providers identify patients at risk for premature death. more

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