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.

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@colleenyoung

@achilles50, congrats on taking charge and making healthy lifestyle choices for your heart's sake. I bet you're experiencing benefits beyond a healthy heart. Was it hard to make the changes? What benefits keep you on track?

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Thanks! It wasn't very hard because to me I didn't really have a choice. I wish it didn't take a high score to finally get my health under control. Im 45 and weighed 237 2 months ago and now weigh 218. I feel a lot better and don't have any plans on slowing down on my healthy journey, I just fear that its too late and I waited too long. I feel like Im just waiting out a heart attack or a stroke with the score I have

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@achilles50

Thanks! It wasn't very hard because to me I didn't really have a choice. I wish it didn't take a high score to finally get my health under control. Im 45 and weighed 237 2 months ago and now weigh 218. I feel a lot better and don't have any plans on slowing down on my healthy journey, I just fear that its too late and I waited too long. I feel like Im just waiting out a heart attack or a stroke with the score I have

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fwiw – I'm the owner of an astronomic CAC score – over 2600, but, BUT I have a normal stress treadmill and the ultrasound of my carotids shows no atherosclerosis. Point being – I'm NOT in line for a stroke. And as I've mentioned before, I don't think that those of us with extremely high CAC scores have coronary atherosclerosis in proportion to that score. So, we really don't know our risk for heart attack without coronary angiography. I'd do that if I weren't hypersensitive to contrast material. So it goes.

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The CAC score is just one variable in a total picture of your total risk for CAD. With a calcium score gt 1k you tend to have a more stable plaque. This could lower your risk for stroke and certain coronary events. If you have unstable plaque and undergo angioplasty you may have a greater risk of a adverse event. The calcium score also breaks down where the calcium deposits are located which indicates where and how pathogenic the calcium may be. The bottom line is you must be cognizant of all the details that are included in cardiovascular disease. A few factors not mentioned is family history, genetics, lifestyle, lifetime blood pressure and any other cormobid conditions.

Roberta

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@bluesdoc

fwiw – I'm the owner of an astronomic CAC score – over 2600, but, BUT I have a normal stress treadmill and the ultrasound of my carotids shows no atherosclerosis. Point being – I'm NOT in line for a stroke. And as I've mentioned before, I don't think that those of us with extremely high CAC scores have coronary atherosclerosis in proportion to that score. So, we really don't know our risk for heart attack without coronary angiography. I'd do that if I weren't hypersensitive to contrast material. So it goes.

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Thanks for the input. Ive probably been over researching!

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@robertaholmes

The CAC score is just one variable in a total picture of your total risk for CAD. With a calcium score gt 1k you tend to have a more stable plaque. This could lower your risk for stroke and certain coronary events. If you have unstable plaque and undergo angioplasty you may have a greater risk of a adverse event. The calcium score also breaks down where the calcium deposits are located which indicates where and how pathogenic the calcium may be. The bottom line is you must be cognizant of all the details that are included in cardiovascular disease. A few factors not mentioned is family history, genetics, lifestyle, lifetime blood pressure and any other cormobid conditions.

Roberta

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If any one has been successful in lowering their calcium score I would be very interested in your treatment plan that accomplished this difficult task. I would also be interested in the genetic influence on arterial calcium buildup. Provide the genes and snps that are most closely linked.

If anyone who has a high score and had a stroke attributable to their score would provide information on outcome and how your stroke presented.

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