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OT: Cardiac Calcium Score
Anyone else here have this test done?
When I have my annual physical my cholesterol is usually 165-180. My primary care doc says no problem. Healthy diet and cycling help keep it down.
My wife has slightly elevated cholesterol (runs in the family) so her primary care doc sent her to a cardiologist. He recommended the Cardiac Calcium Score (CCS) test to see if she had any blockage in her coronary arteries. Since my dad had 3 heart attacks (smoked until he died) and my mother had 1 heart attack (also smoked till the end), my wife suggested that I too have the CCS test. No problem I thought.
Her score came back 0. No blockage at all.
Mine came back 100 in one artery, 300 in two arteries, and 700 in the 4th artery, for a score of 1400. He also said I had the heart of an 85 year old. Hmm. It hasn't affected my riding at all.
The cardiologist was shocked - me - the picture of fitness.
He said it wasn't anything I have or haven't done. It is hereditary (thanks dad
) and has been building up for 30+ years.
My primary care doc was even more shocked.
So the cardiologist put me on Simvastatin. Now my cholesterol is 95 and my LDL (the bad cholesterol) is WAY down.
Even though I didn't need any cholesterol drugs, he said the drug will (hopefully) keep more plaque/calcium from collecting in the arteries and maybe even help flush some of the old deposits out.
Anyone else have a similar situation?
How many have had the test done? Don't be afraid or embarrassed to raise your hand.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
Last edited by RonH; 10-08-09 at 06:01 AM.