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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@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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@lioness

@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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Thanks,not on calcium.

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@lioness

@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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Calcium is the most prevalent mineral in our bodies, however with different health issues it affects how well are bodies absorption and produce the Vitamins and minerals our bodies need. However with that being said…your doctor is completely wrong, over half of what we need comes from the food we eat….our bodies are very good at keeping balance, but when we have a condition, like kidney failure.

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@keithl56

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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Same boat Keith. 57 and I just had a CACS done yesterday. 1600. History of family heart disease. Doctor called me same day. Limit red meat and dairy. Double Rouvostatin to 20 mg. Consider my safe healthy, always worked out, pilot so I watch my health. Unfortunately, I'm in that gene pool. I'm now considering vegan approach to lower my CAC score. Time to educate myself.

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@keithl56

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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I've been on 10mg Zetia and 20 mg statin, now they doubled the stain to 40mg and want another blood test in 6 weeks. I've kept my HDL in the 50's for years but they said they want it down to 20. I never heard of that even being possible. If the next blood work doesn't show further improvement they want me to start injections. The dietary part is really confusing. My one cardio told me that lean red meat was fine (no fat) and that I have to limit my carbs and sugar! I wonder just how much you can truly mitigate the risk when your genes are really the culprit.

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@keithl56

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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@keithl56 , I've been reading all these post about high calcium and that your
Dr.said red meat you can eat fats ? My triple by pass is now 23 yrs old at the time I had 85%,90%anda95% blockages ,my cardiologist told me to get of off red meat because of fat,for 23 yrs I have,vt ate red meat 2yrs ago had chemical stress test passed with flying colors so I am puzzled about all this talk .Dr.put me on Crestor for which was needed for cholesterol but I've always been proactive in my lifestyle ,eating correct foods and exercise.

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@keithl56

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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Everything in moderation, new research shows that sugar is the real culprit, in heart disease. You need to limit your red meat and eat chicken and cold water fish..more often, but certainly don't deprive yourself of a hamburger or a steak once in a while. But like I said everything in moderation. Sorry I'm not familiar with CAC score?

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Hi – I found your post doing a Google search and our profiles are very similar. You posted back in 2016 so I wonder what you're up to now and how you're doing.

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@nyartist

Hi – I found your post doing a Google search and our profiles are very similar. You posted back in 2016 so I wonder what you're up to now and how you're doing.

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Hello @nyartist, I see that you just joined Connect and I'd like to welcome you! Connect is a great way to find support and encouragement for your concerns regarding your health. We are not medical professionals, but just patients like yourself.

As a suggestion, if you are posting to a specific Member's post use their username as it is on their post (like I did with yours, @nyartist) and then that Member will get a notification that you posted to them.

I wish you well and look forward to future posts. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Teresa

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I've been an athlete all my life and have been exercising vigorously for over 55 years (I'm 74) my HDL has been very good, I always surpassed the benchmarks for my age in all the stress tests I've taken over the years, my diet is healthy and I have no other risk factors and am asymptomatic. So imagine my surprise and shock to find a calcium score of 2300! My cardiologist put me on 20 mg Lipitor and baby aspirin a week ago and I have been in touch with a reputable herbalist (the same herbalist my wife has used since her ovarian cancer diagnosis 4 years ago – and she's doing absolutely great). I'm going to start on his program of supplements to go along with the statin and aspirin. I've read conflicting facts. For example one states that anyone with a score of over 1000 has a 25% chance of having a major cardiac event within a year. I've also read that because the calcium has most likely been developing over many many years the score might not be a true indication of risk. What I would love to know and will ask my doc when I see her next week is how do we know how much blockage I have? They say stress tests results will show blockages if the blockages are over 70%. The score might not necessarily reflect the severity of narrowing. Maybe I oughta stop reading about all this and just get to the gym!

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