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CALCIUM SCORE

I am a 62 year old. My Calcium score was 252. Is this dangerous? I dont have any symptoms . My cardiologist told me I have a very mild heart desease in my arteries after an Angiogram. Can I lead a normal life? He did not give me any meds. He requested me to stop smoking and take an Asprin daily. My cholesterol is normal but I am a type 2 diabetic for the last 10 years, but under good control.
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996946 tn?1503249112
II have a very similar profile as you, age, diabetes, mild plaque, aspirin daily, chol w/statin 144, etc. but my Calcium score is only 16.  It will be interesting to find out what those scores mean.
976897 tn?1379167602
anything above a hundred is classed as likely to have a cardiac event in the next five years (high risk), anything above a thousand is very high risk.
I really only see one benefit for this test, to tell you if you have a lot of plaque in the arteries. I can't see any other use for it.
For example, if someone is developing lots of plaque in the endothelium which is being attacked by macrophages, then this will not be shown because nothing has calcified yet. It's when you form calcification of plaque that this test will reveal problems.
Even testing for antibody activity isn't a good test, as they do with cancers, because you could have a small infection somewhere giving the reason.
There does seem to be some contradictory results shown between other types of scans, such as nuclear and CACS. Maybe this is due to the problem that the disease hasn't sufficiently calcified to show concern?
367994 tn?1304953593
I had a ct scan more than a year ago.  My total score was 1207, and a risk for heart event within a year was high.  As ed stated it serves no useful purpose just to view the degree of calcium because the information provided is what would be assumed an treated without a ct scan. Your score is very good if total, but it is marginal if that score is one of the 4 arteries viewed.

However, included with the scan of my coronary arteries was a view of the pulmonary system, ascending, arch, and decending aorta. Also, a ct scan angiogram is very helpful when an individual enters emergency care with chest pains.  A ct scan angiogram provides information that without could take many hours or days.

If you quit smoking, you may provide a few to several years to your life span.  Thanks for sharing.  Take care.
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It was the total score.I did this scan without consulting my doctor while I was working in Indonesia. I do not have any symptoms. Doctors in Indonesia were worried about my score and they thought I was going to have a heart attack any moment. They did a stress test without echo and said all was OK. I went home to Australia and saw a cardiologist over in Melbourne. He did an angiogram and a stress test with echo. My cardiologist did not say much. He told me I have one blockage on the back of my heart on a marginal branch and my arteries have only a very mild desease. Also 2 of my arteries are completely clean. They have decided not to do anything.
    I was so happy when he said that I was OK and I forgot to ask him any questions. I am back in my job in Indonesia. Sometimes I worry what I should do now?
Thanks for your comments.  
367994 tn?1304953593
Thanks for taking the time to respond.  I wish you well going forward.  Take care.
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How can I stay healthy and avoid further plaque buildup in my heart. I am a very mild case now. How long will it take me to get a serious heart decease? How can I avoid this situation. I have stopped smoking. I dont drink. I go for a 30min walk everyday. My lipids are below normal. Unfortunately my HDL is also below normal. Can I lead a average happy life?
Thanks guys. thanks for your nice comments.  
976897 tn?1379167602
By not smoking you have lowered your risk a LOT. Just eating a healthy diet, monitoring your blood pressure/cholesterol and regular exercise will add years to your life. You need to also avoid as much stress as possible. Start to look at things less seriously and worry less. If you manage to stay off the cigarettes and do the other suggestions, then there is no reason why you shouldn't live a long life. Just be careful when crossing the road or it's all a waste of time :)
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Thanks.If we ( Australia) lose cricket to England then my stress level will go up. Thanks guys.
996946 tn?1503249112
Hey ed, I'm curious..is there anyway to cut down on the adrenaline output, like is there a pill you can take to lessen the effect of adrenaline or corisol or both on your blood vessels?  We all know stress can cause damage.  Is an anti-anxiety pill the answer?
976897 tn?1379167602
yes, they are called beta blockers. Some stage performers use them to lower the effects of stage fright. However, the correct dosage should be governed by a Doctor.
367994 tn?1304953593
I don't know if the question of off-label use of beta blockers are of interest to you on your thread, but is a side effect of a beta blocker medication. Beta blockers can be helpful in the treatment of the physical symptoms of anxiety, especially social anxiety. Physicians prescribe them to control rapid heartbeat, shaking, trembling, and blushing in anxious situations for several hours.

"Possible Disadvantages. Often social anxiety symptoms are so strong that beta blockers, while helpful, cannot reduce enough of the symptoms to provide relief. Because they can lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, people diagnosed with low blood pressure or heart conditions may not be able to take them
Possible Benefits. Used for short-term relief of social phobia. May reduce some peripheral symptoms of anxiety, such as tachycardia and sweating, and general tension, can help control symptoms of stage fright and public-speaking fears, has few side effects.
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