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Calcium Score Results

The purpose of the test is to understand your risk of a heart attack, taking preventive or corrective measures based on the results.

If you have any plaque present (a score greater than 0), your doctor may make recommendations for lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating better and exercising more. The higher your score the more treatment your doctor may recommend. If you do score greater than 0, the radiologist may recommend a Coronary CTA, which requires a contrast to deliver the best possible images.

However, the result of a heart scan shouldn't be used as a single predictor of your overall health and risk of heart disease. It's best used when combined with other health information.

The Coronary Calcium Score

Calcium Score

Implication Risk of Coronary Event


No identifiable plaque

Very low, generally less than 1 percent. No follow up necessary. Retest in 5 years.


At least minimal atherosclerotic plaque Mild or minimal coronary narrowings likely. Patient instructed to follow up with Primary Care Provider.


At least moderate atherosclerotic plaque Mild coronary artery disease highly likely, significant narrowings possible. Patient instructed to follow up with Primary Care Provider.


Extensive atherosclerotic plaque High likelihood of at least one significant coronary narrowing. Patient instructed to follow up with Primary Care Provider, Lipid Specialist, or Cardiologist.

1000 or above

Very extensive atherosclerotic plaque Schedule SAME DAY follow up with Primary Care Provider or Cardiologist.

For more information, speak to your doctor or contact Gunnison Valley Health's Diagnostic Imaging Department at (970) 641-7253.

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