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Apr 16, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Rooting for you as well. I’d say if it stays the same, it’s still a win. My understanding is that numbers can increase as much as 40% per year. In my case at 58 with a score of 400, after 10 years could be over 10,000.

Mar 23, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Sounds like when you said’working out is tough to do’ that you won’t be doing it often enough or for long. You need to make the time to work out at least 4 days a week as if your life depends on it.

Jan 8, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Always heard the opposite with LDL. My Doc said to get below 100 is standard but in my case with the high calcium score below 80.

Nov 17, 2018 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

@pcspetpro Thank you for the reply. I've since taken a nuclear stress test, and was told everything is normal. The cardiologist monitoring the test did told me that I probably don't want to take the CT scan again for that reason….

Oct 28, 2018 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

@botexas. I have to assume that based on what I'm reading from others, mine will be up around 2500 when I'm 75 as well, even if doing everything right. It's great what you're doing. Keep that up but be careful not to injure yourself. That can set you back a bit.
On another note, Had dinner with my father-in-law the other day. He was told he had 95% blockage in one of his arteries about 20 years ago. He was always thin, plays tennis 4 times a week, and he thought he ate well. He decided back then to go totally no fat and for years kept his total daily fat intake to less than 20 grams. He did it for years. When he ended up at the hot dog stand he would order the hot dog with the works, w/o the hot dog, or when the pizza came, he would take the cheese off. Extremely committed. His doctor was shocked to see that he actually reduced his blockage after a couple years. As of today, he still takes a relatively low dose statin, but still plays tennis 4 times a week, still works on his feet as a land surveyer, plays drums in a band, sails his boat, takes classes on just about everything, probably puts 20,000 miles on his van a year, going from one thing to another (still a very good driver), and still as sharp as a tack. One thing he does not do, is sit in front of the TV for any length of time.. By the way…he just turned 94.

Oct 21, 2018 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you Keith. @keith156. I'm just having a hard time understanding this. The higher your score, the greater chance of having an event. All the control factors, including eating right, controlling weight, exercising and taking medication have no affect at all on your score and in all the cases mentioned above, the score will continue to increase over time which just means your risk will only increase over time compared to your peers. One would think that if a high score was caused by bad habits before, that completely changing those habits would, at least, stop things from getting worse.

Oct 20, 2018 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Hello. New to group. 58 year old male. My primary Dr. had me take the CT heart scan because my cholesterol was high. Actually my bad was high but my good and triglycerides were very good. In other words, my ratios were excellent. I do eat a lot of dairy up till two days ago. Other than that, I eat pretty well. I've worked out most of my life and keep my weight and waist at high school levels. I'm 5'9" and weigh 157. Father had heart issues including two valve transplants and passed away at 75 when we believe a stent may have dislodged a few days after surgery. Expected to see a score of 0, but shocked to see a score of 510. Also, according to Dr. most of the calcium is in the artery they call the window maker and I've been advised to get a nuclear stress test to pin point it. I went on 10mg of Crestor and a baby aspirin yesterday. Something I said I would never do.
What I'm reading here that is very concerning is that everyone seems to be saying the same thing. That even though they are doing everything possible including exercise (which, by the way, most people in this country rarely do) , diet and statins, it's not changing anything with regard to the calcium score. In fact, it almost seems the opposite. All the scores seemed to have only increased doing the right thing. Has anyone had any positive results at all from the treatment and lifestyle changes? Has anyone actually seen there score at least stay the same? Like everyone else, I feel like a walking time bomb. One more note, blood pressure 105/77. EKG always fine. No symptoms at all. Thanks for your anticipated input.