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Calcium scores used for chest pain triage

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Coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) can be used to help in triaging patients suffering from suspected acute coronary syndromes, according to scientists.

A study of 225 patients suffering from acute chest pains found that the prevalence of obstructive coronary artery disease in low- to medium-risk patients significantly increased with high calcium scores.

The US and Spanish scientists, writing in the American Journal of Cardiology, calculated CACS scores from non-contrast scans using the Agatston method.

  1. Diagnostic Value of Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring in Low-Intermediate Risk Patients Evaluated in the Emergency Department for Acute Coronary Syndrome
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