Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan)

Posted by mcphee @mcphee, Dec 14, 2016

I have a calcium score of 1,950 which is extremely high which means I am at a very high risk for a cardiac event,heart attack,stroke or sudden death.
I take a statin and baby aspirin.
I have never been sick,have excellent cholesterol,low blood pressure and I am not overweight.
I have no other health problems and I have never been sick.
But I feel like a walking time bomb which has caused me a lot of stress.
I wonder how others with this condition feel emotionally?
I am 70 yrs old.

What Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250 Sez… Additionally, I would go further, and highly recommend and suggest that, if you live close enough to one of the Mayo Clinic Centers, you making an appointment with their Cardiovascular Diseases Department to get a second opinion medical evaluation. Mayo Clinic has “Top Nationally-Recognized Cardiovascular Docs.”

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Hello @mcristodero,

I’d like to add my welcome, and thank you so much for sharing your history; this is what Connect is all about: learning from one another’s experiences and journeys.

I would encourage you to read about Mayo Clinic’s Preventive Cardiology Program in the Cardiovascular Research Center, which s designed to increase understanding and education about ways to prevent heart disease and to encourage preventive care:
http://mayocl.in/2t31zEk
The Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine is a fantastic resource that offers genomic testing to patients, and where health care providers use knowledge about a patient’s DNA to potentially diagnose, predict, treat and prevent disease:
http://mayocl.in/2tCJh9V
You may also wish to view this discussion on Connect:
What are the best methods for removing plaque from the artery? http://mayocl.in/2s3z7gO

Please meet @ram675 @scottb @abespizza @bayouhawk @loyd1934deborah @mlemieux @truhealth76 @HeartPatches @mcphee @michellr @gailfaith. I’m sure others will jump in as well.

@mcristodero, what follow-up has your doctor recommended?

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I just found this group today. Ten years ago when I was 73 I found out I have a calcium score of 2274. I will be 84 years old next week. I feel fine and have had no heart related problems. That's why my user name is LuckyG. I am on a statin and a 325 aspirin every day and I try to limit my saturated fat intake and keep my weight down, When I first found out I was scared to death but I don't think about it much at this point. Good luck. Gary

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@luckyg Hello Gary:

Welcome to Connect! I appreciate your post and certainly congratulate you on your good heart health in spite of the high calcium score. If I may ask, do you exercise on a regular basis? Is your family history free of heart disease?

Thank you again for your encouraging post. I look forward to hearing from you again!

Teresa

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@luckyg

I just found this group today. Ten years ago when I was 73 I found out I have a calcium score of 2274. I will be 84 years old next week. I feel fine and have had no heart related problems. That's why my user name is LuckyG. I am on a statin and a 325 aspirin every day and I try to limit my saturated fat intake and keep my weight down, When I first found out I was scared to death but I don't think about it much at this point. Good luck. Gary

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I'm so glad you joined us on Connect, @luckyg. As Mentor @hopeful33250 mentioned, we look forward to getting to know you and perhaps learning from your experiences and insights too.

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@hopeful33250

@luckyg Hello Gary:

Welcome to Connect! I appreciate your post and certainly congratulate you on your good heart health in spite of the high calcium score. If I may ask, do you exercise on a regular basis? Is your family history free of heart disease?

Thank you again for your encouraging post. I look forward to hearing from you again!

Teresa

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yes, I walk about 2.5 miles 4 times a week. not very fast but have been doing this for 10 years.

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@hopeful33250

@luckyg Hello Gary:

Welcome to Connect! I appreciate your post and certainly congratulate you on your good heart health in spite of the high calcium score. If I may ask, do you exercise on a regular basis? Is your family history free of heart disease?

Thank you again for your encouraging post. I look forward to hearing from you again!

Teresa

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my died of heart attach at age 67 any my younger brother has had 2 heart attacks. I also drink pretty much alcohol every day. at this point I have cut my drinks to about 3 a day. my doctor thinks the alcohol may have keep me alive before I started on meds.

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Hello, Bo from Texas. Yesterday I received my calcium score and was shocked! 2450. Going to see Doc today to talk to him about this terrible score. I feel great,go to gym every morning for one hour of hard exercise. Never stop doing weights and aerobics. My cholesterol is about 155 with Hdl at 80 and ldl 75. Take 40 mg of Zocor daily. I have always considered myself in great heath at 75. Thanks for reading my post. Any suggestions. Have a nuclear stress test scheduled in two weeks.

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@hopeful33250

@mcphee I agree with @predictable I also have high calcium caused by hyperparathyroidism. It can affect many areas of your health. Ask for a blood test to check the parathyroid hormone. Then, if it is high, ask for a scan of the parathyroid. Best wishes and keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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Hello @gailfaith Thanks for sharing your experience. I have a post and had a 2450 calcium score. Was wondering if after your surgery,have you had another CAT chest scan for a new calcium score. It is unclear to me the correlation between plaque in the arteries and a high calcium score. Have read enough about the surgery and I believe you picked the right Doctor. Thanks, Botexas

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Hi @botexas,

Welcome to Connect. I can imagine your worry about a high calcium score, despite leading healthy lifestyle! I'd like to introduce you to a few members who may be able to share some of their experiences with high calcium levels. Please meet @mcphee @gailfaith @jrismyname @dennisl27 @mcristodero and Mentors @hopeful33250 @predictable. You may also wish to view some of the conversations taking place in this other discussion on Connect:
– High Calcium CT Scan Score of 1925 – Anyone Else Experience This? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/high-calcium-ct-scan-score-of-1925-anyone-else-experience-this/

Here is a great journal discussion by Mayo Clinic cardiologists about the basics and significance of coronary calcium score: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/842348

Bo, did you have the nuclear stress test done? Has your doctor suggested any "next steps" to help lower the calcium score?

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@kanaazpereira

Hi @botexas,

Welcome to Connect. I can imagine your worry about a high calcium score, despite leading healthy lifestyle! I'd like to introduce you to a few members who may be able to share some of their experiences with high calcium levels. Please meet @mcphee @gailfaith @jrismyname @dennisl27 @mcristodero and Mentors @hopeful33250 @predictable. You may also wish to view some of the conversations taking place in this other discussion on Connect:
– High Calcium CT Scan Score of 1925 – Anyone Else Experience This? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/high-calcium-ct-scan-score-of-1925-anyone-else-experience-this/

Here is a great journal discussion by Mayo Clinic cardiologists about the basics and significance of coronary calcium score: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/842348

Bo, did you have the nuclear stress test done? Has your doctor suggested any "next steps" to help lower the calcium score?

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Having a nuclear stress test on Monday. Will post after results and next steps he suggest. Thanks for your response. Bo

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Thanks @botexas; I look forward to hearing from you.

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