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.

@botexas

I would like to add my welcome to Connect! I am glad to hear that you will be having a nuclear stress test on Monday. This will give your doctor some good information to help you in treating your high calcium score.

While a high calcium score it not a problem for me I have several heart diagnoses and I understand how worrisome it can be.

I look forward to hearing about your doctor's suggestions for you after he reads the test results.

Teresa

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@kanaazpereira

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

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Had the nuclear stress test this morning and they said I did great. Finallly got my heart rate to the 120 after 15 minutes on the tread mill. No problems ,and was not breathing hard. Will get final results on June 4. Will post again after visit.

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@kanaazpereira

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

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I'm so glad for you, @botexas! Thank you for letting the Connect community know. Are there any "next steps" you have to follow?

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I just had a CT scan and have a calcium score of 1014, with the right coronary artery alone scoring 579. My cardiologist called me quite alarmed and ordered a stress test which was good. He then said he would see me in 6 months – no lifestyle changes or treatment whatsoever. I am 61 and in general good health, but both of my parents died in their 50's from heart attacks, as well as a grandfather and uncle in their early 40's and an aunt in her 50's. I have three cousins that have had heart attacks and/or stents in their 50's.

Needless to say, but I am quite anxious. I have read studies that indicate the risk of a serious or fatal MI at 20-25% within one year in asymptomatic individuals with CAC over 1000. Do I just wait until I have symptoms before I get more aggressive treatment? Many in my family had sudden death as their first symptom!

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Welcome to Connect @snakebyte1 and @keithl56,

@keithl56, you may notice that I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion on high calcium score so that you can connect to many others who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

I’m tagging a few members who may be able to share some of their experiences with high calcium levels, heart complications and the stress this causes. Please meet @botexas @mcphee @lolagrey @luckyg @gailfaith @bryang and Mentors @hopeful33250 @predictable. I’m sure others will jump in as well.
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.

@botexas, you had mentioned that you go to the gym every day for one hour of hard exercise; do you have any suggestions about exercise that might help @keithl56?
@snakebyte1, what has your doctor suggested to help lower the calcium scores?

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Have always been in excellent health, my father was unknown to me and my mother is alive at 93. Very active 66 year old, totally asymptomatic. My wife is very anxious about this number. My cardio doc put me on baby asa and crestor. I have been on meds for bp for many years. Gotta keep positive and livin!! Thoughts ,suggestions………..

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@dinohula

Have always been in excellent health, my father was unknown to me and my mother is alive at 93. Very active 66 year old, totally asymptomatic. My wife is very anxious about this number. My cardio doc put me on baby asa and crestor. I have been on meds for bp for many years. Gotta keep positive and livin!! Thoughts ,suggestions………..

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Hello @dinohula, and welcome to Connect. You may notice I merged your discussion with an existing discussion titled, "High calcium score." I did this so your message would be received by the many members discussing your very topic.

Your title mentioned that you had a score of over 5,000, which judging by other members' posts, is a very high number. To read more posts from the other members, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY of this notification so you will be brought to the new location of your post and you will be able to introduce yourself to the members who also experienced high calcium scores.

@dinohula, you also mention you are asymptomatic, are the baby asp and crestor precautionary at this point?

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@dinohula

Have always been in excellent health, my father was unknown to me and my mother is alive at 93. Very active 66 year old, totally asymptomatic. My wife is very anxious about this number. My cardio doc put me on baby asa and crestor. I have been on meds for bp for many years. Gotta keep positive and livin!! Thoughts ,suggestions………..

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yes

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@botexas

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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Got the results back from my nuclear stress test. Overall positive. My stress test Mets score was a 13,which means that I performed the test equal to a 25 year old. Iam 75 and it took 17 minutes to get my heart to 120 target rate. Heart capacity was 70% vs average 75 year old of 50 -60%. Hdl was 78,ldl was 76 and tri g was 66. The only negative was he saw a shadow on my artery behind the heart. Not sure it is blockage,more test to follow. Another heart scan with a machine with much higher resolution. Feel great. He did put me on 500 mg of turmeric curcumin. More to come after next test.

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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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See above guess I posted in wrong slot.

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My score was 2400 and I continue to exercise 85 minutes of aggressive exercise every day. I scored 13 Mets on the treadmill. That is equivalent to a 25 year old and I am 75. The calcium score is just one benchmark in overall heart health. I believe exercise is key to better health but you need to discuss with your Doc before embarking on a strenuous exercise program. Good luck

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@botexas if your on calcium stop taking it but talk to you Dr. first . My blood count was starting to get higher then normal and the Dr. told me to not take anymore as our bodies make all the calcium we need plus other vit. and minerals.

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