Last week I took the CT Calcium Scoring test and recieved the results today. The primary reason for getting the test was my dad (also Type 1) died at 40 from heart disease(undignoised). I would like to prevent/delay that outcome, but being in my late 40’s I have that constant fear in the back of my mind. He lived with diabetes in a different erra, so hopefully my risk of that outcome is much less.
I’m happy with my Score, but from what I read it seems like the value of the test is questionable especially if you are already at risk of heart disease. So not exactly sure how to react to the results; breath easy I’m good or good info to know, but nothing there to reduce any fear.
Been on a statin for long time. Recently started blood pressure meds (not for high blood pressure,but the protective nature of the med).
Is there any other action you would be taking knowing this information and having a family history?
My PCP responded:
“Your score is considered low and does not require any additional testing. You are at risk for heart disease based on the fact that you are male and have diabetes. In regards to managing your diabetes, Dr. says that you are on all the appropriate medications.”
The total coronary artery calcium score was 15, and it was detected in:
Left main coronary artery (LM): 0
Left anterior descending artery (LAD): 15
Left circumflex coronary artery (LCX): 0
Right coronary artery (RCA): 0
- The total coronary artery calcium score was 15, distributed in LAD.
- A score of 15 indicates very mild plaque burden and places the patient in the 60% rank, which means 40% of the male at the ages from 46 to 50 will have a higher score than the patient.