The cardiac stress test will only indicate a problem if there is a 70% + blockage. A Calcium Score Test (CAC) will give a better idea of how much or how little plaque one has in the coronary arteries.
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Recently received a 979 CAC Score, passed a stress test and was prescribed 40mg Atorvastatin. After some statin research and learning the difference between relative risk/absolute risk plus the fact that statins increase calcium, I stopped the statin. I started a LCHF diet and increased exercise and supplementation. I monitor my Macro and Micro nutrients content daily. I Have no symptoms and feel great! I plan on experimenting with both diet and supplementation with the goal of slowing progression, there are reports of people actually lowering their CAC score. I will continue to research and modify and will have another CAC test in about 18 months. I'm actually enjoying the research and I'm more motivated to exercise than ever before. I can actually say that the discovery of a high CAC score has had a positive effect on my life.
One should be aware of all the possible benefits and negative effects of statins. I have read many accounts of problematic side effects, both in the short and long term. It does seem that the benefit of statins may not be in the fact that they lower LDL but that they lower inflammation. There are other methods to lower inflammation that could also be considered. CVD is complicated and still somewhat of a mystery, there are many new theories that need to be researched. I feel it's important to stay open to all new research and possibilities, ultimately everyone has to make their own choices.
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