Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Calcium and Stroke

I am 50 years old and heard that the calcium in my arteries can be measured to predict my risk of a stroke. I am concerned because of my family history; my father experienced a stroke. Could you advise whether I should have a CT scan of my heart?

A recent article in the journal Stroke* reported that persons with high calcium density in their coronary arteries were more at risk for stroke than those whose coronary artery calcium (CAC) densities were less. The score

of above 400 gave a threefold risk of stroke, while a CAC score less than
100 was mild to moderate. When …

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