NY Daily News - "Daily Checkup: The Coronary Calcium Scan Can Help Predict, and Thus Prevent, Heart Attack"
As the Associate Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at Mount Sinai, Harvey Hecht, MD, specializes in identifying patients who are at risk of having heart attacks.
The coronary calcium scan has been around for about 15 years, but only recently has a consensus emerged that it is the best tool for evaluating heart attack risk. "A coronary calcium scan measures the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries and is far and away the best test for predicting who will have a heart attack," says Dr. Hecht. "But for various reasons, many people have never heard of this test and not nearly enough patients are getting it."
- Dr. Harvey Hecht, Senior Faculty, Medicine, Cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital