Harvard Heart Letter
Do you need a calcium scan?
Do you need a calcium scan? This noninvasive test can predict plaque in the heartís arteries. But it is useful only in certain situations. Imagine a 57-year-old man (letís call him Bill) whoís in pretty good health ó a nonsmoker who eats right and exercises regularly. He takes two drugs to treat high blood pressure. Even though his LDL (bad) cholesterol isnít all that high, his primary care doctor suggests that Bill consider