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Podcast 25: The Importance of Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

The past week has seen the untimely passing of two prominent Australian figures, Shane Warne and Kimberly Kitching. Both had a fatal heart attack, and both were 52 years old.

In this episode, Peter and Stuart talk about the importance of early identification of potential risk of heart attack. A key test used in this area is the Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) Score test.

The CAC score is the international gold standard for predicting heart attacks in patients over the age of 40. This quick, painless procedure measures the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries that supply the heart muscle, using a special scan of the heart.

The CAC score looks at the overall cardiac plaque present, which can help predict the risk of a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or stroke, in the future.

You can listen to this episode here.

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