Should patients with high cholesterol get a carotid scan? Sameer Mehta, M.D. | Denver Heart

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There are times that we’ll either look at a carotid scan or what’s called an EBCT score, which is a coronary
calcium score taken by CT scanning, which gives us a relatively non-invasive
assessment for having plaque in the arteries. Usually we will reserve ordering
those tests that patients do not have symptoms for those patients that
were not sure how aggressive we need to be with their cholesterol. For instance
if your cholesterol is mildly elevated and you may have a family history of
heart disease, those tests give us an idea that yes, you are actually forming
plaque in your arteries and we will likely be more aggressive with your cholesterol
management than we would if say you were not, if those tests were negative.

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