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Old 12-29-2021, 10:28 AM
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Calcium score experience

Being in the game for years. Just six years shy behind three decades. I asked doctor to write me a script for calcium score. He explained it would cost about $79.00 dollars. I was like cool. But just in case. He sent me to a cardiologist who was a friend of he's.
Once there I explained I went hard for years in bodybuilding. I ate tons of food for years. Still at 285 lbs. He asked, look like your still going hard? I explain genetics I'm gifted. We moved on with nothing placed in my records; (for Life insurance reasons). He pointed to the questionnaire, what to answers as complaints. I got the test done. Findings below.
1. LEFT MAIN ARTERY 0
2. LEFT CIRCUMFLEX 0
3. LEFT ANTERIOR DESCENDING 0
4. RIGHT CORONARY ARTERY 0
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF CALCIUM: (INCLUDING BRANCH VESSELS) 0

For you seniors, this test could be a life saver in some cases it may worry some upon finding results. Insurance companies don't give a damn about us.


Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring
Health professional information
Authors: Dr Charles Lott*
What is a coronary artery calcium scoring?
A coronary artery calcium score is a measurement of the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries that supply the heart muscle. It is measured by taking a special computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart. The scan shows the amount of hardening of the artery wall (the disease that causes this hardening is called atherosclerosis). The results of the scan make it possible to estimate the risk of a heart attack or stroke (brain attack) in the next 5–10 years. The more calcium (and therefore the more atherosclerosis) there is, the higher the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

A high calcium score does not mean that you will have a heart attack, only that there is a greater likelihood of having one than someone with a low score. Even a person with a score of zero could have a heart attack.

Why would my doctor recommend me for this procedure
Your doctor will use the coronary artery calcium score to decide whether you are at low, normal or high risk and, if necessary, guide you to reduce your risk. This may be by changes in diet, exercise, controlling blood pressure and diabetes, stopping smoking, and reducing cholesterol in the blood.

This type of scan is a ‘screening’ test; that is, a test you have when you do not have any signs or symptoms of any illness. Screening tests give information about whether a healthy person may have an illness or an increased chance of developing a potentially serious illness. This allows your doctor to provide early advice and, if necessary, treatment before you develop symptoms.

How do I prepare for coronary artery calcium scoring?
On the day of the CT scan of your heart, you will be advised not to smoke or drink coffee, tea, cola drinks, herbal teas or other caffeine-containing drinks. No other preparation is needed.

What happens during coronary artery calcium scoring?
On arrival at the hospital radiology department or private radiology practice, you will be asked to provide your personal details. The radiographer (medical imaging technologist) who will carry out the scan will show you to a changeroom and ask you to put on a gown. You may be asked about your medical history and any medicines you take.

About four electrode patches will be put onto your skin on the front of your chest so an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine can be attached. An ECG machine measures the activity of your heart to show if it is working normally. There will be no injections or drinks given.

You will then be taken to the scanner and asked to lie on a scanning table. The scanner has a round opening and the table moves through the opening during the scan. The ECG machine will be attached to the patches and you can watch the ECG trace of your heart on the monitor. The CT machine links to the ECG so that the recorded electric pulses from your heart tells the CT exactly when to take the scans. You will be asked to hold your breath, the table will move and the pictures of the heart will be taken. The radiographer will check that the scan is a success, and then you can leave.

The scan results will be sent to the doctor who referred you, so you can discuss the score and how it can be used to help you.

Are there any after effects of coronary artery calcium scoring?
There are no after effects. You will be able to carry on your normal day immediately after the scan.

Rarely, skin irritation from the patches used to connect the ECG electrical wires can occur.

How long does coronary artery calcium scoring take?
The actual CT scan is very quick, but it requires you to hold your breath between 3 and 30 seconds, depending on the individual scanner.

You will need to arrive in time for the radiographer to discuss the scan with you. You will be asked to change into the gown and then you will be set up on the scanner bed. There can be a short delay while the radiographer lets your pulse rate settle if you have been hurrying to the appointment or are nervous. Afterwards, there is a short time while the scan is reviewed to check it is complete, and then you can leave.

You can expect to be in the department for a total of 20–40 minutes.

If you require the result of the scan at the time of your appointment, you can ask the radiology facility when you make the booking. It will take a short time for the CT pictures or images to be processed, reported and made available to you.

What are the risks of coronary artery calcium scoring?
As in all X-ray scans, radiation is used. These scans should not be carried out if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. If you have concerns about the radiation risk, even though it is very small, do not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor or the radiologist supervising the scan. See the item: InsideRadiology: Radiation risk of medical imaging for adults and children for further information.

What are the benefits of coronary artery calcium scoring
The benefit is gaining a better understanding of the relative risk for you of having a heart attack or stroke in the future, and using that information to decide which strategies you should use to reduce your risk if the risk is found to be high.

The calcium score is of no benefit to someone who has already had a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or a coronary artery stent. These events already indicate a high risk. A calcium score cannot be used to see if any treatment is working or not.

Your doctor may decide that a second calcium score scan after a few years might be helpful to compare the results with the previous scan.

Coronary calcium scores are most informative for women aged between 35 and 70 years and men aged between 40 and 60 years in terms of providing information about cardiovascular risk, or the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Scores in patients outside these age ranges do not have any value in assessing increased risk.

Who does the coronary artery calcium scoring?
The CT scan is carried out by a radiographer (medical imaging technologist) trained to use the CT scan machine and process the images to measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries.

A radiologist (specialist doctor) will look at the result to check the quality of the scan and your medical history, and then write a report for your doctor to use in the management of your heart and atherosclerosis risks.

Where is coronary artery calcium scoring done?
Most current CT scanners can do the scans required for coronary artery calcium scoring. If this is not locally available, then your doctor or the radiology department will recommend a radiology practice where you can have the test carried out.

When can I expect the results of my coronary artery calcium scoring?
The time that it takes your doctor to receive a written report on the scan will vary, depending on:

the urgency with which the result is needed;
the complexity of the examination;
whether more information is needed from your doctor before the examination can be interpreted by the radiologist;
whether you have had previous X-rays or other medical imaging that needs to be compared with this new scan;
how the report is conveyed from the practice or hospital to your doctor (i.e. phone, email, fax or mail).
The private practice, clinic or hospital where you are having the scan will be able to tell you when your doctor is likely to have the written report.

It is important that you discuss the results with the doctor who referred you, either in person or on the telephone, so that they can explain what the results mean for you.

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Old 12-29-2021, 01:53 PM
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They did this on my exit physical from the Marine Corps. They did not give me the exact scores, but the doctor told me my chances of having a heart attack was fractions of a percent. I was surprised considering the lifestyle we live.
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Yeah, you know in the community everyone focuses on their cholesterol data. Then over and over I see guys that use for decades and they get back a calcium score that is pristine. IMO the whole cholesterol connection to cardiovascular disease is mostly myth. Scientists in the 90s pretty much debunked the association, yet the myth persists largely because of the multi-billion dollar market for statins and other cardiac meds. It's more about inflammation and that is due mostly to stress and inflammatory components of life and diet. Control them and you mostly control atherosclerosis. IMO the risks from PED use can be mitigated. This board probably is testament to that idea since a lot of guys here are well into 50s, 60s nd some approaching 70s and still in the gym, using a little this and that, and kicking ass in life all full of drive and alpha-ness.
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Up until recently I have been getting skin lesions and having daily seizures and throwing up every morning for almost three years now.
Every vital organ tested out negative and as it turned out, my calcium level was way too high all along and my sodium level was way too low.
A very dangerous combination of ailments.
I was drinking a half gallon of whole milk every day and a lot of other dairy in my diet along with daily supplements as part of my multivitamin regimen.
So, now I have kidney stones and more gall stones than the radiologist could count and I have to get my gall bladder removed.

I was assigned a dietician recently and she radically change my diet.
No more dairy, sugar, fat, wheat, joy, etc.
I’ve been living off of leafy green vegetables, green tea with turmeric, lean skinless cuts of meat, and rice for about three weeks now.
I’ve lost 14 lbs and am no longer experiencing any of the symptoms I had before, to include far less overall inflammation throughout my whole body. I pissed a ton of water.
My skin has cleared up too.
I look very cut these days and feeling much healthier.
My stamina in the gym is noticeably better and my strength has not dropped at all.
My glucose is under much better control so no more roller coaster blood sugar symptoms nor constant hunger pains.
My low sodium level was the result of advice given to me by my endocrinologist after having passed a kidney stone three years ago.
He told me to limit my sodium intake. I explained to him that I exercise a lot and I already have a low sodium diet but he insisted I lower my salt intake.
So, based on his advice I stopped drinking sports drinks and switched to only water.
Turns out I’ve been flushing the sodium out of my body to point of having seizures and throwing up and and other motor function issues and disturbances of visual perception as a result.
Then you add I high calcium from my diet and I’ve been told I’m very lucky not to have had a stroke or heart attack by now.
Calcium intake should be moderated more as you get older and sodium should be replaced after workouts for sure.
My endocrinologist should have factored in the loss of salt from my workouts but he didn’t and that ended up causing me a lot of problems.
I almost lost my drivers license from having seizures and I live alone.
Anyway, lowering my calcium and raising my sodium levels has done wonders for my overall health and it shows too.

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Sodium....arghhhhh, like my whole life been sodium averse, fwiw, as a child never used pepper or salt on foods, just didn't like

Lifting wise, paying attention to diet for over 40 years, first thing I noticed was Sodium on labels, and the acclaimed 2k per day RDA on sodium so made a note of keeping it low, now it probably helped me eat clean.

Anyways, noted on my log once I went non-processed said the hell with sodium levels and to my amazement.....the amount of sodium intake made not alot of difference, processed, chemically foods....big difference on water retention and how I feel...my estimate for me is basically close to a gallon of water
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Damn Alpha! Glad you are still here. I cut out dairy about seven months ago and never felt better.
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Anyway, EG looks like you are healthy as a horse as far as I can tell..
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I do not know if I have ever had that done. I have had the ultrasound thing that checks major arteries for calcium buildup. I had zero.
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