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Fri, Jul 10 11:40am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Yes, to comment with any meaning, it'd be good to know the CAC score, lipids, other risk factors including BP issues, smoking, family history, personal history of coronary or other significant illness, meds used, exercise level and tolerance…… ie, what your doc would want to know. Though this forum is not for medical professionals, I just happen to be one and the not-so-proud owner of a sky-high CAC level. jon

Fri, Jun 12 2:11pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

No blockages based on angio results?

Fri, Jun 12 1:22pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

This is very reassuring to many of us. Not that this necessarily applies to any of us, but we're all grabbing for straws here as clearly, the medical profession (including me) is fairly clueless about our cohort. So, rays of optimism are warmly embraced. Thanks for sharing this, botexas.

Sat, Jun 6 8:57pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Well, that's the party line re: Vit K – that it mobilizes Ca from vasculature to bone. In my study cohort n=1, I took very large quantities of K (Life Extension stuff) and after a few years, CAC still went up. Oh well….. The other thing to bear in mind is that statins stabilize plaque surface, reducing risk of rupture, by a mechanism independent of calcification. That's all I've got…. jon

Sat, Jun 6 7:32pm · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I'm not going to keep checking it. It's so high, and calcification isn't generally something that goes away in any tissue, I'm just resigned to it. But I'm guessing that it's not intimal, ie, it does NOT represent atheroma load. I, like you, have normal treadmill and perfusion studies. My horrendous allergy to contrast dye makes an elective angio out of the question. But we could have 60% lesions with no substantial flow deficit, so we'd seem fine WITH coronary artery disease. If that's the case, our best shot at dodging the reaper is to prevent further atheroma formation with exactly what we're doing. I'm not sure more exercise will prevent anything as I've been an exerciser – runner/strength, etc – all my adult life, and here we are. In my case, and you can't really use this for any sort of comparison, I have extremely high antibody levels to two species of Bartonella, a nasty bug that attacks endothelium (part of my Lyme plague). Inflammation there might very well be the stimulus for calcification. That whole facet of my medical story is not for here…. but, I'm working on it. Onward~~~~~~~>>. jon

btw, pcs – statins rarely do liver damage and when detected by regular lab monitoring, can often be mitigated by dose or type of statin change. In my case, I DID get liver and muscle injury from lipitor but NOT from Livalo. Details…… As always, choose your genes wisely and try not to age…… 🥴

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…..