A coronary calcium score is a test for people at risk for heart disease who do not have symptoms. The test uses computered tomography (CT) to check for calcium build-up in the walls of the coronary arteries. Your doctor may want you to have a coronary calcium score screening if you have risk factors for heart disease. This test may be most helpful for people who do not have symptoms, but who are at medium risk for heart disease. Risk factors include age, weight, blood pressure, gender, family history, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.
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The "Living for Zachary Heart Screening" is a special program created for youth ages 12-22 that can help detect heart abnormalities that may lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest – a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. This screening is named in memory of Zachary Schrah, who died in 2009 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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