If you have a high CT coronary artery calcium score then you may be wondering what it means – and more importantly, what can you do about it?
The CT coronary artery calcium score is commonly performed to help doctors and their patients determine the risk for future heart attack. And knowing your risk is valuable because by knowing your risk, you and your doctor can determine how aggressive to be in your heart disease prevention strategy.
What Does A High Coronary Artery Calcium Score Mean?
A high coronary artery calcium score indicates a higher risk for future heart attack and death from heart disease. The higher the score, the higher the risk. However, it’s important to understand that a high coronary artery calcium score does not mean that a heart attack is inevitable. What it means is that it would make sense to be more aggressive about your prevention strategy (most commonly in determining your cholesterol goals.)
What Should You Do if Your Coronary Artery Calcium Score is High?
A high coronary artery calcium score indicates a higher risk for future heart attack and death from heart disease. Therefore, if your coronary artery calcium score is elevated, you may want to be more aggressive in your approach to preventing future heart disease.
Research shows that those who optimize 7 things – called Life’s Simple 7 by the American Heart Association – have up to 90% less heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.
At HealthspanMD™ we add 3 additional factors to Life’s Simple 7 that have proven to be powerful predictors of better health and longer life – which we call the Healthspan-10 ™.
- Normal blood pressure
- Normal blood sugar levels
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Healthy body weight or body composition
- Healthy nutrition
- Regular physical activity
- Avoid toxins such as tobacco and excess alcohol
- Restorative sleep
- Manage stress
- Stay connected – socially and to your purpose
Schedule an Appointment With HealthspanMD™ in Phoenix, Arizona if You Have a High Coronary Artery Calcium Score
If you have a high coronary artery calcium score, it’s time to speak to our team. We specialize in helping patients with high coronary artery calcium scores or other high-risk indicators for heart disease get the best care to lower their heart disease, stroke, and early death risk. HealthspanMD™ delivers a personalized, comprehensive, and connected approach that includes natural treatments like weight loss, a heart-healthy diet, and lifestyle changes as a foundational first approach. Our treatment goal is to minimize or eliminate medications as often as possible, but if medications are indicated, we ensure our patients are on the best medications with the most benefits. Reach out to us to arrange your HealthspanMD™ consultation today!
Dr. Robert Todd Hurst, MD, FACC, FASE has extensive experience in treating patients with a high coronary artery calcium score and helping them lower their risk for future heart attack and stroke. He established HealthspanMD™ to help patients live long, healthy, and vital lives. He brings over 25 years of experience at respected institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and the Banner Heart Institute. With over 50 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 delivered educational presentations, he continues to be an active part in advancing heart health and providing leading-edge care for his patients.