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Tue, Nov 5 2:09pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

A year ago I had my first CAC CT scan with a resulting score of 1560. This year I had a repeat scan done at a different facility. The score is 250. What to do now? The original radiology group is no longer in business so I can't get a repeat there. My PCP is asking the cardiologist who read the most recent scan to review for discrepancies. Even if the 2nd scan is correct, it likely means that I will need to be on a statin. Any suggestions?

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I am 70 and take a statin due to a high plaque burden in my coronary arteries. I've read that 75 is the cut-off age for positive benefits of statins, but since you have been active and fit your whole life, your biological age is likely younger. You don't say what your LDL cholesterol is or if you've had coronary artery disease. This information may weigh on your decision. In your shoes, I'd get a 2nd opinion, especially given your reluctance to start on statins, which do have side effects for a significant number of people.

Fri, Jul 12 9:14pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks for posting your results. I'm sorry that the chelation treatments didn't lower your CAC score. All the best to you in managing the risk factors that are in your control.

Tue, Jun 25 12:32am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Bluesdoc–How was your repeat CAC score?

Thu, Jun 20 12:31am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Pscpetpro–Yes, in my reading about CAD, the small unstable plaque is more dangerous that calcified plaque. I'm surprised that with a severe blockage you didn't get a stent. My plaque is located in the LAD and circumflex coronary arteries. A 1560 CAC score is a lot of plaque to pack into two arteries.

Tue, Jun 18 11:55pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Pscpetpro–How did they miss the severe blockage on the stress test? Did you get a stent?

Mon, Jun 17 2:59pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Limogreg–The cardiologist visit will help to answer many of your questions about your status and recommended treatment. The best things you can do are to lower your modifiable risk factors like diet, exercise, etc. and take a medication to lower your LDL cholesterol if needed. My experience was that I saw a cardiologist after getting a CAC score of 1560 about six months ago. The cardiologist did a stress/echo test, which I passed, indicating that I do not have any blockages > 70%. I already exercise according to American Heart Association guidelines for heart health, but changed my diet to meet the AHA guidelines. The cardiologist put me on a moderate dose statin. Take care and keep us posted about your progress.

Tue, Jun 4 8:51pm · Statin Intolerance in Heart & Blood Health

I've developed statin intolerance over the 6 months I've been taking daily 40 mg atorvastatin. I'd like to hear from those of you who also have statin intolerance about what your next steps were. Did you lower the dose of the same statin? Switch to another statin? Stop statins altogether? Other approaches?

In my case, I developed muscle weakness, energy loss, shortness of breath and noticeable brain fog. I've stopped the statin until I am able to discuss the issue with my PCP. I started to feel better after the statin had washed out of my system. Risk factors that indicate that I should be on a statin are low HDL and a high coronary artery calcium score.