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What is coronary calcification?

LDL cholesterol gets deposited in the lining of the arteries (coronary artery) of your heart leading to the formation of plaque that can grow and restrict blood flow to the muscles of your heart. Over time, calcium gets deposited on the plaque, leading to coronary calcification or hardening.

Coronary calcification can be measured with a heart scan. To identify this, a heart scan, also known as a coronary calcium scan, provides pictures of your heart and coronary arteries that can help your doctor detect and measure calcium-containing plaque in your arteries. Such a scan may allow your doctor to detect coronary artery disease before you begin to experience the symptoms of the disease.


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