Radiology report says Vascular Calcification: what does it mean?

Posted by anderson777 @anderson777, Jan 4, 2020

I recently had a CT scan w/enhancement for Ab/Pel and the report read "vascular calcifications" – I'm only 48 and feel basically great – My primary and multiple people, including a radiology tech, have said to not be concerned especially since it wasn't included in the "Impression" portion of the report – I thoroughly hold my primaries opinion in the highest regard but can't help but be concerned after the idiot gear kicked in and I went online and researched for myself – Anyone have relative thoughts ……………. Comforting or not ???????

In short. Not. But don’t despair. A good lifestyle goes a long way to longevity. As we age typically we will find out that some of our body parts and functions don’t work quite as well as they once did. Inevitable, but don’t dwell on it. Just be vigilant of any changes that seem to be out of the ordinary. Your body will tell you much if you listen. Your parathyroid regulates the calcium levels in your body. If there were problems with it, more symptoms would probably present. Find a good yoga studio and go.

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What does that mean? I wasn't told that anything was wrong when I had the cat scan done last year, but getting tests done Monday and thought I would go online and view some records and chose to look at the results of my cat scan

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@dablues

What does that mean? I wasn't told that anything was wrong when I had the cat scan done last year, but getting tests done Monday and thought I would go online and view some records and chose to look at the results of my cat scan

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Dablues, I moved your question about Atherosclerotic Vascular Calcification to this existing discussion in the Heart & Blood Health group. I did this so you could connect with @anderson777, who asked a similar question that @fastback66 answered.

Vascular calcifications are common but can be serious. Now that you know you have vascular calcifications, you can have a conversation with your doctor. It's important to find the cause of calcifications and learn how you might prevent build up. Often lifestyle changes can help. Sometimes medical treatment is necessary. Will you have a chance to speak with your doctor?

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@colleenyoung

Dablues, I moved your question about Atherosclerotic Vascular Calcification to this existing discussion in the Heart & Blood Health group. I did this so you could connect with @anderson777, who asked a similar question that @fastback66 answered.

Vascular calcifications are common but can be serious. Now that you know you have vascular calcifications, you can have a conversation with your doctor. It's important to find the cause of calcifications and learn how you might prevent build up. Often lifestyle changes can help. Sometimes medical treatment is necessary. Will you have a chance to speak with your doctor?

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He knows what was in the report. This report was from last year, and no one said anything to me about anything being wrong. I was told the cat scan was normal. I don't know why I wasn't told this, or told that I needed to talk to anyone.

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@colleenyoung

Dablues, I moved your question about Atherosclerotic Vascular Calcification to this existing discussion in the Heart & Blood Health group. I did this so you could connect with @anderson777, who asked a similar question that @fastback66 answered.

Vascular calcifications are common but can be serious. Now that you know you have vascular calcifications, you can have a conversation with your doctor. It's important to find the cause of calcifications and learn how you might prevent build up. Often lifestyle changes can help. Sometimes medical treatment is necessary. Will you have a chance to speak with your doctor?

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As I stated before, listen to your body. On February 10th I am glad to say that I did just that. Upon arriving at work that day I noted some pretty unusual sensations in my chest and an ache in my jaw. I phoned 911 and was transported to the local Hospital ER. My EKG was normal when I arrived. They drew a blood sample and offered me some baby aspirin. After a short while I called for the nurse as my chest pain was increasing. The on call cardiologist ordered a 12 lead EKG that showed I was having a STEMI heart attack. I was quickly whisked off to the Cath Lab, where the doctor placed a stent in my LAD. Crisis was averted. Unfortunately when the staff prepared me to move to the ICU I suffered another heart attack. It seemed as if the original stent became partially blocked and two more stents were placed. Three months later and I have pretty much recovered completely.

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@dablues

He knows what was in the report. This report was from last year, and no one said anything to me about anything being wrong. I was told the cat scan was normal. I don't know why I wasn't told this, or told that I needed to talk to anyone.

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It's quite possible that in your case the calcifications are not worrisome. But you want to know. I would bring it up at your next appointment to be proactive about your health.

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I happened to see the word calcifications in this post and thought I had to comment
The same has happened to me and now my daughter. In the middle of the chest ct report it mentions coronary calcifications- out of the blue.
I do have risk factors for heart disease, but I want to know what’s going on. I spoke to my doctor, who tried to dismiss my concern. He did order a ct cardiac calcium score. I had it 2 days ago and I don’t know the result yet.
It was not covered by insurance, $99.

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@colleenyoung

It's quite possible that in your case the calcifications are not worrisome. But you want to know. I would bring it up at your next appointment to be proactive about your health.

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I will. Thanks. I need to get through these procedures to see what is going on. The only time I will see him will be on Monday and I will be slightly sedated before they finally put me under to do the procedures. I can't be aware of what is going on since they have problems with doing my colonoscopy. They get stuck in two places. Maybe more now who knows? I have double loops and not sure since I have had so many colonoscopies since I986 not sure if there is scarring. Also, I keep telling my doctors about my weight gain and no one has looked into it. I don't like google things since most times things are scary. Within the last year and a half I gained 20 lbs. I have not changed my eating habits, so don't know if it's fluid, tumor or what. Since I do have a thyroid condition they say thyroid meds are ok but they never actually adjusted it the whole time being on the meds. I'm having trouble breathing the past couple days, so don't know if it could be anxiety or what. But what is scary is the last time I had trouble breathing, I also got lightheaded, then pains in chest and took myself to the hospital where they admitted me due to hemoglobin down to 5.5 and that is when I found out I was bleeding slowly but never saw it.

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