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Mon, Jun 15 9:20am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

There is an algorithm available to your cardiologist that enables him/her to plug in several variables, including CAC score, age, and several others. With that information he/she could give you a percentage of the likelihood that you will have a cardiac event within the next ten years. You may be pleasantly surprised. No guarantees, of course, but I was happy with the results of his calculation.

Mon, Jun 8 11:00am · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I just came across a study reported in the Journal of the Endocrinology Society date May 15, 2020 indicating that they have found a difference between lipophilic and hydrophilic statins. Someone more knowledgeable (meaning anyone with any training) please confirm, but my take is that the lipophilic statins, more so than the hydrophilic statins, are related to decreased abiiity to metabolize glucose and increased aortic calcification.

Wed, Jun 3 9:10am · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

It is concerning. I just don't know how much I personally care if my medical information is out there. Quality of care is, of course, #1 and Mayo is great for care. There are some people with some conditions for which this may become problematic in ways that may not even be foreseeable. It does bother me that my personal medical data is being monitized without permission. Aggressively presumptuous and disappointing with regard to professionalism. Just my opinion.

Wed, Jun 3 8:16am · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

A bit off topic, but nonetheless important with regard to the decision as to whom to trust with your health care. According to stat this morning "… In the last two years, (Mayo Clinic) has struck 16 deals in which it has shared de-identified patient data to co-develop products with outside firms.

These deals have generated less than $5 million for Mayo, a tiny fraction of the $13 billion in revenue it generates every year. But they are part of a much broader data trade that is growing more common— and which has ethics experts worried that the patient consent process is falling behind the pace of innovation.

Mayo’s patients were not told of the specific arrangements or asked to approve the use of their data, which is standard practice when it comes to the use of de-identified information. But should de-identification by itself give health systems carte blanche to trade on patients’ data?

Dec 6, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

Tim1028 that is an amazing difference; like they were doing the test on two different people. Please let us know if you figure out why there was such a great discrepancy between the two tests.

Jul 15, 2019 · Vitamin K2 and Calcium (CAC) Score in Heart & Blood Health

Try this site. If it does not work, please post again and I will try to find another way to get you the site information.

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/high-calcium-score/

Jul 13, 2019 · Vitamin K2 and Calcium (CAC) Score in Heart & Blood Health

I recommend that all in this group also join the High Calcium Score group. Concerns seem identical. Lots of information there.

Jul 13, 2019 · Coronary Calcium Score (Heart Scan) in Heart & Blood Health

I just did a bit of research on Minocycline and found a current paper by Muller et al. (June 11, 2019, Cell Reports 27, 3124-3138). It can be found at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2019.05.038. It is very technical and long, but seems pertinent to our discussion. The authors conclude that "Inhibiting PARP enzyme activity blocks calcification in vitro and in vivo. They write that Minocycline is the best PARP inhibitor. It would be great if Bluesdoc, or anyone else with an appropriate background could take a look at this major, current study and comment. Looks to me that Minocycline may be helpful in halting the progress or even reversing atherosclerosis.