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Dec 30, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Good story, skypigg! We can all relate. And this underscores the reality (imho) that there is NOT a linear relationship between CAC score and obstructive plaque. If that were the case, we'd all be 6' under by now. Tangentially, I saw my cardiologist last week and he told me about a patient referred to him for cath because a patient had overwhelming anxiety about his CAC score of 275. He did the cath and the vessels were squeaky clean. He also said that they, cardiologists, tend to see problems with coronary disease in the </= 500 CAC range, but not so much above that range. Also, as another aside, I asked him how often they see STEMI (full tilt heart attack) in patients on statins with high CAC score. He said that regardless, they hardly ever see STEMIs when patients are on statins. At the local large hospital this past year, there were ~ 250 heart attacks. The number of those ON statins could be counted on one hand. We need to chill, guys. We do what we can, take our statins, do what we can to reduce systemic inflammation – another deep and wide subject – and get on with our lives without adding to the burden of this existence by fueling anxiety. As another fish in the sea with a CAC over 2500, despite having tried to live a health freak life, it is what it is. I had a nice cookie after my spaghetti dinner. My wife makes killer sauce and I enjoyed every bite.

Dec 21, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I'm taking 200mg of ubiquinol. Not super high, but high enough for statin balance.

Jul 12, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

My liver and muscle enzymes went up on 40 of lipitor. They're fine on pitavastatin. fwiw…..

Jul 12, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

2mg/d of pitavastatin (Livalo). I'd do an angio in a 'heartbeat' but I have a very bad reaction to contrast (delayed systemic hypersensitivity reaction – like systemic poison oak – lobster red skin and unmitigated itching for a month – totally disabling and unresponsive to everything). I must work and cannot be disabled or it'll be economically disastrous. Plus, as chief of my hospitalist service, I have to do all that this entails. Obviously, should I have a coronary event, I'll have to have an angio, and I'll pre-treat with high dose steroids, having to accept the risks inherent with that. Story of my life – lots of rocks and hard places….

Also, I had a high CAC score before I started statins. I know about the statin – calcification effect. So it goes.

Jul 12, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

OK, some results here. I had a stress treadmill and perfusion study, and they were fine. I did another CAC score and it is unchanged from a year ago at ~2600. I apparently wasted 3K on 20 chelation treatments. Oh well, I had to give it a try. I saw the article on minocycline possibly mitigating vascular calcium deposition. I assume most of you have come across it. I'll think about it. In the meantime, as I approach 73 years of age, I continue to take my statin and work out a lot. I'm otherwise going to do my best to not dwell on things I can't do anything about. None of us are gettin' out of here alive, so, carpe diem.
jon

Jun 25, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Not yet. Will be having a stress treadmill next week. I'll decide from then about getting the repeat study. Stay tuned.
jon

Apr 19, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I thought I made it clear that I'm not pursuing chelation to lower MI risk. My goal is to reduce calcification of vessels that are otherwise turning to stone. I'm well aware that there is NO data to support (for or against) what I'm doing and I'm not recommending this for anyone else. It's totally an experiment on my part – an experiment that might end soon. It's not like there's a better approach to these astronomical CAC scores, other than the usual anti-atheroma approaches. But thanks for your input and concern, Kanaaz. jon

Apr 15, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Yes Mark, I plan on a repeat CAC score somewhere close to half way through and I will share here. If there's no change or worse, I'll probably stop, at $155 a pop.