Using your percentile score:
Your percentile score is probably the best calcium scan estimate of your 10 year heart risk (1).
Not % blockage
Your percentile score is where you rank compared to a group of people your same age and gender. It is not your % blockage. If your percentile score is 15%, that means you have more calcium in your heart arteries than 15% of men or women your age. And 85% have more calcium than you have.
percentile score 10-19%
In this study, a 10-19 percentile score was associated with a 5% ten year risk (2).
Write down that number: 5%.
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Because most events occur in the highest percentile groups, the percentile score is a more effective way to predict risk than the calcium score alone. Incorporating the percentile score, the MESA trial showed that the heart calcium score “was better than all the other risk factors combined for risk prediction.” Sharma, et al, Cardiac risk stratification: Role of the coronary calcium score. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2010; 6: 603–611. Published online 2010 Aug 9. PMCID: PMC2922321 PMID: 20730016
Raggi, et al. Use of electron beam tomography data to develop models for prediction of hard coronary events. Am Heart J 2001;141:375-82.