Calcium score of zero could see 50% skip statins

About half of people recommended for statins for primary prevention could avoid taking them by having a CT scan to rule out coronary calcium, researchers say.

Patients who are deemed to be at moderate risk of cardiovascular disease, based on risk factors such as cholesterol levels, can be safely reassigned to a low-risk category if they have zero coronary calcium scores, a 10-year follow-up of 4758 patients has found.

In the US study, 77% of the patients aged 45-75 were deemed eligible for statin therapy, according to guidelines, because their 10-year