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    Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring Test

    I posted this in Marcus' Diary but thought it may benefit others here so I'm pasting it over:



    Thought you may find this interesting. I've had cholesterol issues for years and have been on a non-statin for maybe a decade. Total cholesterol is good, just my HDL is always low and LDL a little high. Triglycerides are great. Anyway, he still does not see a need for a statin, which is good. So, I asked him what can we do next to make sure all is ok on the inside, what test can be done.

    He wrote me a script for a Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring test. It checks the arteries around the heart for plaque buildup and will help determine if further treatment (meds, etc) is warranted. Doc said insurance doesn't cover it, which makes zero sense as it would save them money long term, but it's a cheap test. I called my local screening facility and made the appointment for tomorrow. Total cost $85 bucks. Look forward to see the results of this. Very interesting imho. Just trying to be proactive.

    https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/inf...=ct_calscoring

    Update:

    GP called me last night with results. When a doc calls you in the evening on your cell you immediately think problem. Anyway, my calcium score was 62. I was pleasantly surprised as I was expecting much higher due to lifestyle - AAS, no cardio, shit ton of food, etc. Here's a scoring chart:

    CAD = coronary artery disease:

    Calcium Score Presence of CAD
    0 No evidence of CAD
    1-10 Minimal evidence of CAD
    11-100 Mild evidence of CAD
    101-400 Moderate evidence of CAD
    Over 400 Extensive evidence of CAD

    Doc basically said I'm pretty normal for my age and at my score treatment with a statin would be my choice. His suggestion is to do nothing and retest in a year. After all my recent reading on this I agree with that assessment. I'm also curious what effect the MK-7 (K-2) may have had on this score, but without a baseline I'll never know. I've also read that several Cardiac Associations recommend no treatment until the score is over 100.

    The actual report (CT pics/video etc) is not available to me on line until Monday. If there's anything educational that I can post from it I'll try and do so. Anyway, I'm quite happy with this result. I was expecting much worse.

    Further breakdown from the Imaging Network which indicates the amount of calcium detected:

    Left Main Artery (LMA): 23.1
    Left Anterior Descending (LAD): 0
    Left Circumflex Artery (LCX): 0
    Right Coronary Artery (RCA): 39.3
    Posterior Descending Artery (PDA): 0

    I'm currently going through the actual heart pics from the Imaging Network. it's like abstract art. Fascinating though.

    Anyway, it's a cheap test to get and it may help others here who have cholesterol issues or concerns.

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    Very interesting, I’ve had cholesterol issues as well but have avoided statins and am borderline of whether to start therapy or not. Very similar lifestyle.
    I’m 45, so it’s close. How young are you KK?

    I’m going to look into the test, appreciate the insights

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    Quote Originally Posted by SampsonandDelilah View Post
    Very interesting, I’ve had cholesterol issues as well but have avoided statins and am borderline of whether to start therapy or not. Very similar lifestyle.
    I’m 45, so it’s close. How young are you KK?

    I’m going to look into the test, appreciate the insights

    Ask your doc about a Non-Statin such as Welchol. I'd pay to be 45 again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    Ask your doc about a Non-Statin such as Welchol. I'd pay to be 45 again.
    Roger that.

    I feel 80 lately, does that count?

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    Bump as more guys should be aware of this and be proactive considering our lifestyle.
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