Many people annually suffer from symptoms similar to heart attacks, including chest pain. However, more tests have shown that these patients are not even close to having a heart attack as they are healthier than having a stroke.
A recent study conducted by a team from the American College Cardiology Scientific Sessions from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have found that the presence of Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC), can actually help in discovering future heart risks. The study was led by the principal investigator researcher at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City Viet T. Le. He commented on the results saying, “Through these results, we’re seeing more clearly that the presence of coronary artery calcium can help us to predict who is more likely to have a cardiac event, not only later in life, but when symptoms are present, in the near future and hopefully, medically intervene in time to stop it.”
The study used a total of 5547 participants who do not have a history of any artery diseases over the past 3 years. The team used PET and CT scans to observe their arteries and traces of calcium there. The calcium can be found as deposits on the arteries and tissues in the heart.
The results showed that patients who have calcium deposits in their body are more likely to suffer from chest pains which are not related to heart attacks. This study suggests that CAC might have a connection leading to heart attacks in the future.