Calcium Scoring for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in the South Asian Population
As part of the “Education with a Purpose” series, ICC is offering a FREE webinar on “Calcium Scoring for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in the South Asian Population” on Saturday April 8th 2023 at 10 AM EDT. It will provide an overview of the use of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring to identify individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease. The event will feature a presentation by an expert in the field, George Kinzfogl, MD, Chief of Cardiology at MetroWest Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Included below are the answers to FAQs on Calcium Scoring Test by Dr Harshad Sanghvi, MD, FACC, Medical Director, ICC.
What is CAC scoring?
CAC scoring is a non-invasive test that measures the amount of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries of your heart. The test is performed using a computed tomography (CT) scan, and the results are expressed as a score. A higher CAC score indicates a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.
Who should get CAC scoring?
CAC scoring is recommended for adults aged 40 (M), 45 (F) and older who are at borderline or intermediate risk for cardiovascular disease, based on ASCVD Risk Calculator developed by American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association which will be discussed by Dr. Kinzfogl during the webinar.
What are the benefits of CAC scoring?
CAC scoring can help identify people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease, even if they do not have any symptoms. This can help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. CAC scoring can also help doctors determine who should receive statin and aspirin therapy, a medication that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What are the risks of CAC scoring?
The risks of CAC scoring are very low. The test is non-invasive and involves negligible radiation exposure.
Why is this event important?
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in South Asian populations. Calcium scoring is a non-invasive test that can help to assess a person’s individual risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The webinar will provide information on the benefits of calcium scoring and how it can be used to improve cardiovascular health in the South Asian population.
- Understand cardiac risk factors.
- Understand cardiac risks specific to South Asians.
- Understand the role of coronary artery calcium scoring to refine your individual risk assessment to develop coronary artery disease.
- Understand how Coronary calcium score can help identify who can benefit from long term statin and aspirin therapy to reduce the risk of future heart attack
- Understand how ICC’s Lifestyle Program can help you prevent onset of heart disease or diabetes
What should I expect at the event?
The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. George Knizfogl, MD, who will discuss the benefits and risks of CAC scoring, as well as the latest research on the use of CAC scoring to identify people at risk for cardiovascular disease. After Dr. Kinzfogl’s presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about CAC scoring and its use in cardiovascular risk assessment.
Following Dr. Kinzfogl’s presentation, Mr. Amit Akkad, Director ICC and Lifestyle Program Ambassador will talk about ICC’s Lifestyle program for south Asians living in the USA, how it can help prevent and even reverse an onset of heart disease or diabetes.
How can I register for the event?
Registration is required to attend. You can register for the FREE Webinar online at
We hope to see you at the event!