Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Benign breast arterial calcification. Could it be a predictor for heart disease?

Typical breast arterial calcification found in mammogram. Parallel calcific line, described as railroad track configuration, is distinctive as benign finding.
BAC or breast arterial calcification is seen in about 9 - 12% of mammograms in ladies above 50.
However, recent studies may suggest correllation with heart disease. Women should recognize the need for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes screening if mammography reports do reveal the presence of breast arterial calcification.
Could it be that in the future, mammography may be used as an effective tool for predicting cardiovascular disease in women? If so, you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone!

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