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I'm a 56 year old woman in good shape-- never overweight, eat right etc. I am completely asymtomatic, but a recent calcium score gave me a score of 392, with 354 or it in my left descending artery. Is this really "moderate"?!!!

By Anonymous June 12, 2012 - 12:45pm
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My cardiologist doesn't seem that impressed with calcium scoring. He read the radiologist's report of "Moderate" and seemed to skip over the fact that I was in the 100th percentile, and instead talked to me about how much radiation was involved in this test. Radiation? OK, but what about that score? If it's almost all in one spot, shouldn't other tests be done? Our family has a history of high cholesterol and high lp(a). I'm LDL 150, HDL 90, Lp(a)150.

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Hello Anonymous,

A coronary calcium scan uses a computed tomography or CT to check for the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries. This test is used to check for heart disease in an early stage and to determine how severe it is. This scan is also called cardiac calcium scoring.

The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart. Normally, the coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Calcium in the coronary arteries is a sign of coronary artery disease.

According to WebMD, the score can range from 0 to more than 400. Any score over 100 means that you are likely to have heart disease. The higher your score, the greater your chance of having a heart attack.

People with a score between 100 and 400 or higher, and who are at medium risk for heart disease, are more likely to have a heart attack in the next 3 to 5 years.

It is in your benefit that you are not overweight and eat a healthy diet. But, I think you need to consult another cardiologist who will do further testing and take your scoring more seriously.


June 12, 2012 - 4:32pm
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