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Can scarring from previous pericardial disease impact my calcium test results?

About 6 years ago I had some sort of viral infection that ultimately led to pericardial effusion and tamponade. There was some leftover scarring as a result. I'm going to be having a calcium score test soon. I'm curious if previous scarring could impact calcium scoring?   

submitted by Matt from Iowa on 8/4/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  Neil E. Strickman, MD

Most of the time calcium scoring is of the coronaries, however it can pick up the pericardium as well.   

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