Dr. Shani S. Saks shares what a 64-Slice Calcium Score is and what it can tell her about a woman's heart.
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The calcium score test is a newer test. It’s a very simple test that we can do. It’s somewhat like an x-ray where the patient lays on a table. It doesn’t involve any needles, but we get a very quick scan of the heart, and we’re looking for calcium buildup in the heart arteries which is basically cholesterol and blood clotting cells that harden and turn into calcium, and normally, the heart should not have any calcium blockage in it, but the machine detects whether there is any calcium buildup, and the more calcium buildup it sees, the higher numerical score it gives the patient. The normal score should be zero and depending on how much blockage we see, the score becomes 10, 20, 100, 1000, 2000, and the higher it gets, the higher risk of having a heart problem and may need further evaluation.