Could Carrie Fisher Have Prevented Heart Attack?

There are steps Carrie Fisher could have taken, other than healthy diet & exercise, that may have prevented the heart attack she suffered on an airplane. Read more…

Solutions to Excess Sitting Raising Calcium Score

You probably already know that lots of sitting every day raises calcium score, but here are some clever yet easy solutions to avoid “the sitting disease.” Read more…

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Coronary Artery Calcium Score Predicts Heart Attacks

Heart attacks can be predicted with the so-called calcium score, which is based upon the amount of this mineral in your coronary arteries. Read more…

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Zero Calcium Score: How Soon Can Bad Diet Raise It?

If your calcium score is zero and you go bust with your diet, how long before the score rises? Your calcium score is zero because you’ve been eating healthy and exercising, but lately you’ve been Read more...

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Calcium Scoring May Show Death Risk

Have you had your coronary calcium score taken? This is a five minute procedure using a CT scanner. You just lie there while the image is taken: about five minutes. This procedure yields a numerical Read more...

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Sitting Disease Linked to Higher Calcium Score

. The “sitting disease” strikes again in that it correlates to coronary artery calcification. The higher a person’s calcium score, the more likely that individual has heart disease. High calcium scores correlate to severe heart Read more...

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Zero Calcium Score, Heart Structure Normal, but PVCs?

What does it mean when you have premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) but also a zero calcium score and normal heart structure? Can the presence of the PVCs still be indicative of something bad? I asked Read more...

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Zero Calcium Score Possible with Major Soft Plaque Buildup

Find out which patients with a zero calcium score should get a follow-up CT angiogram to screen for dangerous soft plaque buildup. Though coronary calcium scoring is an accurate indicator of the presence of heart Read more...

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What Calcium Score Means in Low Heart Disease Risk People

If you're at low risk for heart disease but have a calcium score above zero, just what does this mean for you? Though the calcium score has been shown to be a strong predictor of Read more...

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High Calcium in Arteries Linked to High Heart Attack Risk

The higher the calcium in your arteries (shown by a calcium score test), the likelier you'll suffer a heart attack. Maybe it's time to get your calcium score! Researchers may be able to predict future Read more...

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Should I Worry My Calcium Score Keeps Getting Higher?

If your coronary calcium score gets higher with each subsequent test, you have every reason to be very alarmed. How many coronary calcium tests have you had, and has your score gotten higher each time? Read more...

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Can Too Much Milk Raise Your Calcium Score?

. Find out what the latest research says about calcium intake and heart disease. Milk is rich in calcium, and calcium deposits correlate to degree of heart disease, says Mayoclinic.com. A calcium score of zero means no measurable coronary plaque buildup. I had my calcium score taken 17 months ago and it was zero, and since then (as has always been), I’ve been drinking up my milk. A new study from the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife concludes that there is no evidence of an association between calcium intake (which of course would include milk) and coronary artery calcification. This is good news for milk drinkers such as myself, but also for people who take calcium supplements. The report is in the Nov. 7, 2012 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The paper reports that subjects who had the greatest intake of this mineral (either from diet or supplements) had the same coronary artery calcium score as did subjects with the lowest intake of the mineral. The report reminds people that the calcium score is very representative of the severity of calcified plaque buildup in coronary arteries. The higher the score, the more plaque buildup, and in turn, the higher the likelihood of severe heart disease and a near-future cardiac event such as a heart attack. “There was no increased risk of calcified arteries with higher amounts of calcium intake from food or supplements,” explains lead study author Elizabeth (Lisa) Samelson, Ph.D., associate scientist at IFAR. The results of this study contradict the concerns in recent years that use of the supplements can raise the risk of heart attack. The Institute of Medicine concludes that clinical trials do not provide evidence of this. So the latest, then, is that you can feel safe drinking milk or having milk with your cereal. Dr. Samelson does add, however, that for those wanting to take supplements, they should discuss appropriate doses with their physician. If you’re concerned about your heart health, you can be very proactive by having your calcium score taken. The procedure takes about five minutes, and as a screening tool, it likely will not be covered by your medical insurance. The cost is anywhere from around $200 to $400. Don’t keep putting this off because of the cost. Sources: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121107145931.htm http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-scan/MY00327 Read more…

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How Effective Is Calcium Score Test at Heart Disease Prevention

       Knowing your calcium score jsut might save yourself from death by heart disease. Ever wonder when a celebrity dies from a heart attack, had he or she known their calcium score, if Read more...

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High Calcium Score but Normal Stress Test: Should You Worry?

       So your calcium scan score is high, but your stress test was negative and showed no diminished blood flow through your coronary arteries. Are you off the hook?        I Read more...

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CT Calcium Scoring & Radiation Cancer Risk: EBCT vs. 64 Slice

Fear of radiation exposure keeps some people from getting a calcium score done for their coronary arteries. The calcium score is a strong predictor of likeliness of a future heart attack. The equipment used for Read more...

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Can You Be Too Young to Have Calcium Buildup in Heart Arteries?

How young is too young to have measurable plaque buildup in the coronary arteries? A coronary artery calcium score exam has been proven to be very reliable at predicting the likeliness of a coronary event Read more...

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Can You Have Low Calcium Score with Blocked Arteries?

Is it possible to have blocked arteries but at the same time a low coronary calcium score? The calcium score is a numerical value that's associated with the likelihood of having soft plaque heart disease. Read more...

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Calcium Score Too High for CT Angiogram to Show Arteries?

Suppose you’ve been wanting a CT angiogram, and your cardiologist has informed you that the CT angiogram would be pointless -- because your very high calcium score indicates that all the calcification in your arteries Read more...

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CT Heart Scan Cancer Risk Downgraded to One in 1,000

Latest estimate for cancer risk from CT heart scans is way lower than previous estimate. So just what is the risk of getting cancer from a CT heart scan anyways? Previous estimates were about one Read more...

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How to Lower Your Coronary Calcium Score

Yes, it's possible to actually lower your calcium score--the number that's calculated from a CT scan of your heart's coronary calcified plaque. You may have been led to believe that coronary calcium score cannot be Read more...

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