The overall CAC score for each patient was calculated using the Agatston score
CAC was detected with computed tomography and expressed as Agatston units, and further classified as an Agatston score
≥100 (CAC ≥100).
Coronary calcium burden was qualitatively assessed by an experienced cardiothoracic radiologist with 6 years of CT calcium scoring experience (JCB) into no calcium burden, mild calcium burden (estimated Agatston score
1-99), moderate calcium burden (estimated Agatston score
100-399), or severe calcium burden (estimated Agatston score
The total CAC score (Agatston score
) using noncontrast computed tomography is a recognized estimation of atherosclerosis in asymptomatic adults with at least moderate risk of cardiovascular disease [1-3].
Drinkers had a higher prevalence of coronary artery calcification, defined as Agatston score
above 0 (42% vs.
, as well as CAC and AVC using the Agatston score
For this, the Agatston score
is used, which shows good correlation with echocardiographic measurements and when high, is an important predictor of poor prognosis and disease progression .
The researchers used a hierarchical Tobit regression analysis to determine the association between disease and CAC level, as measured by the Agatston score
. After controlling for confounding variables, including cardiovascular risk factors (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose, systolic blood pressure, and tobacco use), the association with CAC was similar in psoriasis patients and type 2 diabetes patients (Tobit regression ratio, 0.89 and 0.79, respectively).
The Agatston score
on MDCT coronary angiography was 0, equivalent with low risk of coronary disease.
An Agatston score
was used for calcium quantification.
Warren Janowitz, first reported in 1991, resulted in the Agatston Score
, a method for screening for coronary calcium that is currently used throughout the world and considered by many experts to be an important predictor of heart disease.
Although his team did not use the standard Agatston score
to assess CAC, Dr.