Professor Matthew J. Budoff pt 2: Primary Care Physicians and CAC

Dr. Jeff Gerber asks most of the questions in part two of our interview with Professor Matthew J. Budoff. He wrote the atlas of CT technology, and has unparalleled knowledge in this sphere:

We focus here mainly on the imperative for primary care physicians to become educated in the power of the CAC score from the Coronary Calcification Scan. The incredible predictive power is summarized here in one of Matthew's countless peer-reviewed published papers:


First and main interview below - covers all the requisite details on CAC ! :

Did you know that 40% of heart attacks occur in the 10% of people with highest CAC Score? Or that ~60% of 'Framingham Middle Risk' people are reclassified after a CAC - into LOW or HIGH risk groups? Or that people with a yearly rising CAC score - have 6 to 8 TIMES the heart attack rate compared to those with stable CAC? That's right - the Calcium Scan is cheap, fast and unparalleled - and it is grossly underutilized.

The CAC is now recommended in the 2013 European and American Cardiology guidelines. But the majority of doctors have no idea about it. To find out more go to for great information. And watch David Bobbett's 'The Widowmaker Movie' (2015) with Gillian Anderson and Larry King:


Millions of lives over the past 30 years have been lost due to ignorance of the scan's power (and no small amount of politics and profiteering).

Time to fix the situation.