At my endo’s request, I did a Calcium Scoring CT scan this past summer – hoping for a good result. Normally, a $300+ test not covered by insurance, a local hospital system was running a promotion on the test (don’t ask me why! ). I did the test, but I did NOT get the good result I’d hoped for – lots of calcification, apparently (score something lie 310?). So… off to see a cardiologist.
Cardiologist wanted me to start taking high doses of statins ASAP, which I do not want to do… He sent me for a Nuclear Stress test and a Carotid echo. The results were, thankfully, quite good. No blockage. Both tests showed no blood flow impedance and, though the carotid echo did indicate some calcification, it is apparently limited to artery walls and not causing any problems for now. I also did much better than the doctor expected on the exercise portion of the stress test.
Where to go from here? I’m not sure – I have a strong family history of bad side effects from statin medications, so I want to avoid them. Stepping up my exercise routine and adding some, hopefully, helpful supplements, so far. follow-up with the cardiologist in October (around the same time as my next endo appointment…)