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  • Cardiovascular Imaging

  • Rhode Island Hospital
    593 Eddy Street
    Providence, RI 02903

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    The Miriam Hospital
    164 Summit Avenue
    Providence, RI 02906

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    Newport Hospital
    11 Friendship Street
    Newport, RI 02840

  • Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) Scoring

  • CAC scoring is a screening technique that uses CT scans to detect and quantify the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries. The CAC score is a marker of atherosclerotic disease burden and can identify patients who are at greater risk for future heart problems. Higher calcium scores, like high cholesterol, indicate a higher risk for heart attack and other adverse events. Physicians can use these results to help design an appropriate treatment strategy, including combination of lifestyle modification and medication. A CAC study requires no intravenous injections.