very high calcium score.

Posted by dpframing @dpframing, Aug 24, 2018

Just joined the site and I'm looking to share with others who have had a high calcium score. I found out today that mine is 2996 and I am scared by this. I am 61 and I am totally asymptomatic. Now I feel like a walking time bomb. I am thinking of requesting an angiogram to see if there's any narrowing anywhere and if it can be corrected with a stent. After a second heart doctor told me that the plaque buildup might be uniform over the course of years with no big problem areas, I am encouraged. But the score still freaks me out, specifically my LAD at 1333. I don't smoke or drink but I have to lose 40 lbs.

Yes, the stress test will only "show" blockages of more then 70%. "I plan on taking another CAC Test in about 18 months." Be careful of the repeated short term (18 mo) radiation exposure!

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@pcspetpro

Thanks so much for the links. It doesn't seem that the reason for statins causing an increase in CAC score is fully understood. The fact that a PCSK9 inhibitor + statin lowers the CAC increase, confuses things even more. So many more people are getting CAC Testing and are being faced with the question, to take a statin or not take a statin? Thanks again for your help.

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Hi @pcspetpro. Glad @kanaazpereira invited me into this discussion again. I share your confusion about whether statins are reliable responses to calcification of arteries or not. I'm particularly interested in "Statins Promote Coronary Calcification? Study Says Yes . . ." It looks to me as though this is a common case of a bad misleading headline.

In the first paragraph of the story under the headline, you'll see that "In the analysis, statins, specifically high-intensity statin therapy, actually promoted coronary calcification despite regressing the volume of coronary atheroma." Notice that the headline gives no attention or credence to "high-intensity statin therapy" as a major factor in calcium contents of debris deposits on the internal lining of an artery. As you suggest, there was some mysterious capability of statins to affect changes in calcium and low-density lipids and doing so in contrasting directions under differing conditions. Unfortunately, the mystery was reported for this study four years ago and might have been solved more recently, but if so, I didn't find that information. Even so, give that report a good read and see if you get a different impression of how calcium deposits in arteries are affected by statins. As Kanaaz says, that's a matter of long-term controversy.

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Hi everyone,

I thought you might be interested in seeing this Video Q&A that took place a few days ago – Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Gayatri Acharya and Dr. Stephen Kopecky, talk about statins:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/webinar/video-qa-about-statins/

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@pslitton19

I have a calcium score of 131.45. Presently taking blood pressure med, and just started med for cholesterol even though my numbers were good on my present blood work. I have started a statin, but am scared. My weight is 134 pounds with my height being 5 4.5 inches. All of my life I have been slim but now this pops up. What the heck. I am walking, almost on a daily basis and trying to cut my weight down. My doctor says I am OK, because I have never smoked, not overweight, no diabetes, and blood pressure is under control. Should I be scared?

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Many things can contribute to athrosclorosis, what is your diet?

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I have a calcium score of 131.45. Presently taking blood pressure med, and just started med for cholesterol even though my numbers were good on my present blood work. I have started a statin, but am scared. My weight is 134 pounds with my height being 5 4.5 inches. All of my life I have been slim but now this pops up. What the heck. I am walking, almost on a daily basis and trying to cut my weight down. My doctor says I am OK, because I have never smoked, not overweight, no diabetes, and blood pressure is under control. Should I be scared?

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Hi @pslitton19 and welcome to Connect! You may have noticed I moved your post to this existing discussion on high calcium scores so that you can learn from what others have said about their scores as well as interact with them and receive and offer support. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to get to your post.

I want to thank @pcspetpro for welcoming you and also wanted to introduce you to @predictable @thankful @ch246cf10 @bigbern and @bluesdoc as they may be able to offer you support while you look to lower your score.

Back to you @pslitton19, I'd like to repeat the question @pcspetpro posed, what is your diet?

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Stress may be a very important cause of cardiovascular disease. Stress is the external force placed on an object, or a human being. Strain is the resulting deformation or damage that can occur. Therefore, it is the resultant strain that is the driver of CVD or ill health.

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