Exploring Coronary Artery Calcium With Dr. Arthur Agatston

For decades, doctors have been saying that heart disease begins in your arteries, but a new study suggests that heart disease actually starts in the breast. This finding has led researchers to investigate whether men with breast cancer can pass their disease to their spouses and children.

I have been researching the prevalence of calcium in the coronary arteries of people who have suffered heart attacks. This is important because it is the calcium that incites the blood clots that cause a heart attack in the first place. The concern is that the calcium is building up in the arteries as people get older, and that is why heart attacks increase in frequency.

There are many myths about this issue, and this last week I was able to have a discussion with Dr. Arthur Agatston, a professor of medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is one of the world’s leading experts on low-calorie diets and weight control. He also happens to be a personal hero of mine.


You’re probably most familiar with his name because of the well-known South Beach diet he created. Dr. Arthur Agatston, an American cardiologist, is widely recognized throughout the globe as a pioneer in cardiovascular disease prevention and as one of the founders of coronary artery disease (CAC).

The CAC score is a measurement of the amount of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries that may be detected on scans. This score is then used to predict the likelihood of future cardiovascular events like a heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Agatston delivered an in-depth talk on coronary calcium and how to recognize its risk to a low-carb audience at the Low Carb Denver 2023 conference in March of this year. Dr. Agatston just introduced a low-carb, ketogenic diet, and his South Beach experience made him a popular choice for the event.

Dr. Agatston’s presentation, which is remotely related to the coronavirus pandemic, is very medical and scientific, yet contains some good ideas for everyone in the low-carb community, particularly the fact that the diet seems to prevent the progression of calcium plaques.

Dr. Agatston here: I believe that combining imaging and sophisticated blood testing with a low-carb diet is critical. It has grown in size and significance.  All Plus members may see the video of his address for free. If you are not yet a member, you can join up for a free one-month trial to watch the whole presentation and receive the PDF transcript.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good Agatston calcium score?

A good Agatston calcium score is a number that measures the amount of calcium in your blood. It is typically between 8 and 10.

What is a normal coronary artery calcium score?

A normal coronary artery calcium score is a non-invasive test that measures the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries.

What is Agatston calcium?

Agatston calcium is a type of calcium that is found in dairy products.

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