Mammogram may predict CHD

BREAST arterial calcifications detected on routine mammograms could be used to identify women at increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), research suggests.

After controlling for age, 6.3% of women with breast arterial calcification identified by routine mammography developed CHD within five years, compared with 2.3% of women without evidence of calcification.

The prospective study included 1454 healthy US women.

It also showed a dramatic increase in stroke among the women found to have breast arterial calcification – 58% compared to 13.3% of calcification-negative women. 

“These results suggest that breast arterial calcification should be routinely reported on mammograms and viewed as a marker for the development of CHD,” the authors said. 

Associate Professor David Colquhoun, a cardiologist at the University of Queensland, said the presence of breast calcifications was a clear marker of