Coronary calcium scores of 1000+ linked to double the risk of death

Patients with such extensive calcification have a similar risk to secondary prevention patients, researchers say

People with very high coronary artery calcium scores are at nearly five-fold higher risk of CVD and double the risk of all-cause mortality than people with a score of zero, a study shows.

senior man entering a CT scanner

These patients represent a ‘unique population’ requiring aggressive intervention, researchers say.

Investigators tracked more than 6800 participants from the six US cities in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) over a mean follow-up of 13.6 years.

They compared outcomes over