Calcium score and plaque buildup.
A calcium score is obtained with a special x-ray technique called computed tomography that takes pictures of the heart and determines whether any calcium buildup exists in the coronary arteries supplying the heart with blood. A score exceeding 400 generally indicates that a large amount of plaque is present and obstructing a coronary artery, with a chance of the individual having a future heart attack. Your calcium score is quite high, but your doctor knows more about you than I do, and watchful waiting may be best.
It is important for you to realize, however, that a negative thallium stress test at times may be insufficient to accurately predict the degree of coronary obstruction, and a heart catheterization may be indicated as the next step in your evaluation.
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Internationally acclaimed cardiologist, distinguished professor, author and inventor Dr. Douglas P. Zipes is an authority on what is called pacing and electrophysiology (rhythms of the heart).
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|Title Annotation:||Heart Health: Ask Dr Zipes: A noted cardiologist answers your questions|
|Author:||Zipes, Douglas P.|
|Publication:||Saturday Evening Post|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2008|
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