Yeboah said further studies need to be done to define the risks of radiation and the benefits of the information gleaned from coronary artery calcium scans. As for the cost, he said, in his center the test is less than $200, although it varies around the country.
Still, "the amount of money society loses will be more than if we could have prevented a heart attack with the test," he said. "Preventing a heart attack is priceless."
Learn more about what you can do to prevent heart disease from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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