The diagnostic and prognostic significance of coronary artery calcification. A report of 800 cases.


Journal Article

The significance of coronary artery calcification was assessed in 800 patients who underwent cardiac fluoroscopy and selective coronary cineangiography. Calcification was shown by fluoroscopy in 250, of whom 236 (94%) had greater than or equal to 75% stenosis of one or more major coronary arteries at angiography. Among patients with significant coronary artery disease, 40% (236/585) had calcification. Patients with calcification demonstrated poorer survival at all follow-up intervals (from six months to five years); the five-year survival rate was 87% for patients without calcification, compared to 58% for those with calcification. The prognostic significance of coronary artery calcification appears to be independent of information obtained by cardiac catheterization and angiocardiography.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Margolis, JR; Chen, JT; Kong, Y; Peter, RH; Behar, VS; Kisslo, JA

Published Date

  • December 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 609 - 616

PubMed ID

  • 7444045

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7444045

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiology.137.3.7444045


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States