Personal Health: The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan

Supported by Well | Live The Value and Limitations of a Cardiac Calcium Scan Photo Credit Juliette Borda My brother returned from a calcium scan of his heart a few years ago with the happy news that his coronary arteries were free of hardened plaque that could suggest serious underlying heart disease.
Although the test was not covered by insurance, he thought the hundreds of dollars it cost at the time were well worth it. He is a negligence lawyer who was then nearing age 70. The result was a great relief, given his age, stress-filled profession, a not always heart-healthy diet and our family history. Three male blood relatives, including our father and grandfather, had suffered heart attacks in their 50s and all three had succumbed to heart disease by their early 70s.
Fortunately, my brother did not assume that calcium-free arteries meant he could throw caution to the winds, eat anything he wanted and forget about exercise, controlling his weight and taking medication to keep his..