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Should I get a screening test to check coronary artery calcium score if I don’t have any symptoms of chest pain and I don’t have a family history of heart disease at an early age (first degree relative with heart attack at or below age 55)?


MedHead Confidence Score: 8
Amount Saved: $300 cost of coronary calcium screening test post


MedHead Message:

Coronary artery calcium screening tests do not cause you to live longer and are not worth the cost if you are at average risk for heart attack. Instead, use that $300 to purchase healthy, green leafy vegetables and fruits at your local farmer’s market. Or at least spend a weekend at a nice hotel with your honey, compliments of MedHead 🙂


1. http://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists/society-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-screening-purposes/ 2. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/av2072


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