Heart HQ: Coronary Artery Calcium

Heart HQ – Episode 1: Heart HQ celebrates World Heart Day by launching a podcast

September 29th is World Heart Day.

On this day, Heart HQ is urging people to focus on their heart health – and decided to draw attention to this by launching a podcast on the topic!

In this first episode, we talk about Left Atrial Myxoma, a rare condition that can have serious implications for the patient. We also kick off their ‘5 things to remember‘ segment with Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring – including the benefits of this test and when to use it.

Show notes: Episode 1

Left Atrial Myxoma

Left atrial myxoma pathology and echo 2
Left Atrial Myxoma on A. echocardiogram and B. pathological specimen

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring graph depicting statin use

Statin Use CAC
Cumulative Incidence of MACE Stratified by Statin Treatment and CAC Severity. Benefit of statin therapy was significantly related to CAC group (p<0.0001 for interaction), with benefit in patients with CAC >100 but not in patients with CAC < 100. aSHR – adjusted subhazard ratio. MACE – major adverse cardiovascular event. CAC – coronary artery calcium. Mitchell et al 2018

MESA calculator

The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is a medical research study involving more than 6,000 men and women from six communities in the United States. MESA is sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.


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MBBS (Hons) FRACP FCSANZ. Peter is a clinical and interventional cardiologist with various special interests including coronary angioplasty and stenting, endovascular procedures and structural heart interventions. He studied and trained in Queensland and completed a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Diagnosis in Boston, MA.

Peter returned home to become Director of Cardiology at Sunshine Coast Hospital, before becoming a founding partner and managing director of HeartHQ

BSc (Hons) MBBS FRACP FCSANZ. Stuart is an interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist. He has a special interest in treating complex and previously untreatable coronary artery disease, and a passion for distal radial artery access for coronary angiography and stenting.

After completing his training in Brisbane and Perth with an interventional cardiology fellowship, he returned to paradise to take up cardiology consulting at various local hospitals and now is a director of HeartHQ.

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