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Calcification of the aorta and iliac arteries

Results from a recent CT scan:"Atherosclerotic calcification of the aorta and iliac arteries.No acute inflammatory process is identified." No interpretation or evaluation. During this time period my primary care doc left the facility and I have as yet to find someone to help in understanding what this might mean. Should I consult my cardiologist? or what?


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Yes, you should see a cardiologist.  This means that you have calcified plaque building in these areas.  Right now it may not be causing you any pain or discomfort, but as this builds it can block the arteries, which would not be good.  You need to see a cardiologist to find out "how much" there is and how often they want to re-check it before it prevents a problem.  It's basically hardening of the arteries.  Through diet, exercise, and lowering your cholesterol you can help to a point, but a lot is hereditary.
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I agree with mammo, except exercise may be contraindicated as high blood pressure has  a deleterious effect on the aorta and may even be the underlying cause.
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?lease can anyone tell me if calcification can be detected by a ct scan in thr iliac artery. My relative has just died because of stent procedure which ruptured her artery. The doctors tell me calcification is not detectable on ct scan, yet I see scans of  the aorta showing calcification, I would be grateful if someone with knowledge of ct scans could tell me as think she should have been given a bypass.  Many thanks.
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