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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Calcification Of Heart Vessels (Overview)

Due to damage to the inside layer of coronary (heart) arteries, cholesterol and other cells deposit in between the layers of the artery. There are various names- cholesterol plaque, atheroma, "blockage", etc. As these plaques advance, the body will calcify them. The presence and degree of coronary calcification can be measured easily with special software on a CT scanner.


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I read some article online a while back saying that supplementing with vitamin D3 could cause calcification of heart valves/ arteries? Is it safe?

I read some article online a while back saying that supplementing with vitamin D3 could cause calcification of heart valves/ arteries? Is it safe?

Very safe but...: Vitamin d3 is very safe ; of tremendous benefit for preventing many illnesses. It helps our bodies to absorb calcium. I advise everyone to take d in the fall ; winter months. But it's also wise to take vitamin k (or eat foods rich in vit k) as that helps assure the calcium goes into our bones ; doesnnot wind up in our arteries or heart valves. See http://bit.Ly/1ekkvkv ; http://bit.Ly/18qtb7y. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
3 doctors shared insights

Calcification Of Heart Vessels (Overview)

Due to damage to the inside layer of coronary (heart) arteries, cholesterol and other cells deposit in between the layers of the artery. There are various names- cholesterol plaque, atheroma, "blockage", etc. As these plaques advance, the body will calcify them. The presence and degree of coronary calcification can be measured easily with special software on a CT scanner.


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Does Fosamax (alendronate) contribute to calcification of heart arteries?

Does Fosamax (alendronate) contribute to calcification of heart arteries?

Fosamax (alendronate) & hearts: Fosamax does not contribute to calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Fosamax works only on bone metabolism to inhibit the breakdown of bone when exercise, vitamin d and calcium intake are inadquate. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Calcification of heart vessels?

What is the definition or description of: Calcification of heart vessels?

Coronary calcium: Due to damage to the inside layer of coronary (heart) arteries, cholesterol and other cells deposit in between the layers of the artery. There are various names- cholesterol plaque, atheroma, "blockage", etc. As these plaques advance, the body will calcify them. The presence and degree of coronary calcification can be measured easily with special software on a CT scanner. ...Read more

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Does Fosamax (alendronate) contribute to calcification of heart arteries?

Fosamax (alendronate) & hearts: Fosamax does not contribute to calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Fosamax works only on bone metabolism to inhibit the breakdown of bone when exercise, vitamin d and calcium intake are inadquate. ...Read more

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Is D3 supplementation safe? Saw there is conflicting evidence that it can cause issues such as calcification of heart valves? Better to just use sun?

Vitamin D: Nope. You have this wrong or are reading untruths. You will have a healthier life if you normalize and keep your vitamin d normal. The sun is not necessarily the answer. To get the sun to stimulate vitamin d, the sun has to be at a certain angle high in the sky. Sun and vitamin d, now known, is about physics as much as about exposure. Take your daily vitamin d. ...Read more

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Im 34 the doctor said i have mild calcification of heart or arteries i don't know shown in the ultrasound...is it something to worry about?

Im 34 the doctor said i have mild calcification of heart or arteries i don't know shown in the ultrasound...is it something to worry about?

There are any of a: number of areas that could be calcified. Some are of more clinical importance than others. Without a specific report from the ultrasound it is difficult to suggest whether this is concerning for you or not. This should be discussed with your doctor and you should express your specific concerns. If you don't get a reasonable answer or explanation then be more assertive about your concerns. ...Read more

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I read some article online a while back saying that supplementing with vitamin D3 could cause calcification of heart valves/ arteries? Is it safe?

Very safe but...: Vitamin d3 is very safe ; of tremendous benefit for preventing many illnesses. It helps our bodies to absorb calcium. I advise everyone to take d in the fall ; winter months. But it's also wise to take vitamin k (or eat foods rich in vit k) as that helps assure the calcium goes into our bones ; doesnnot wind up in our arteries or heart valves. See http://bit.Ly/1ekkvkv ; http://bit.Ly/18qtb7y. ...Read more

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What type of heart problem is senile calcific aortic stenosis?

What type of heart problem is senile calcific aortic stenosis?

Aortic stenosis: Restriction of opening of the aortic valve (valve between the heart and the circulation), due to deterioration of the valve over time, resulting in calcification and decreased opening. Common in older populations. Severe cases may require surgery to replace the aortic valve. ...Read more

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I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease. ?

I have mild calcific thoracic aorta, is there something to do with heart disease. ?

Yes: Most people are speaking about atherosclerosis, when talking about heart disease. Calcification in the thoracic aorta is not necessarily atherosclerosis; however, atherosclerosis is often found upon further investigation. Other risk factors that should be addressed include smoking cessation and blood pressure control. Your primary physician can manage these and discuss further testing. ...Read more

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What is the survival chance of a woman of 72years old with the disease of degenerative calcific av of heart artery?Does open heart surgery help her ?

What is the survival chance of a woman of 72years old with the disease of degenerative calcific av of heart artery?Does open heart surgery help her ?

Generally excellent: It is quite common place for patients over age 65 to undergo aortic valve replacement surgery for calcific degenerative disease with or without coronary bypass. The outcomes are quite good, particularly in the hands of trained surgeons that focus primarily on heart surgery, i.e. Cardiac surgeons. http://goo.gl/kawno. ...Read more

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How to help if you have calcification in your heart?

How to help if you have calcification in your heart?

Calcium: Calcification is simply a sign of arteriosclerosis - nothing more. If you smoke, stop. If you're obese, lose weight. Follow a vegetarian or mediterranean diet. Be sure your BP is controlled. Exercise regularly. If your 10 year risk is >7.5%, begin a statin. (there are online calculators to help determine your 10 year risk). ...Read more

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6 months pregnancy . 4d report it was found that foetus is having calcification in heart and left side of heart is small. Also cysts is found in neck.?

6 months pregnancy . 4d report it was found that foetus is having calcification in heart and left side of heart is small. Also cysts is found in neck.?

Ultrasound: These findings are suspicious for fetal chromasomal syndromes. I would recommend evaluation by a maternal fetal medicine physician who can discuss further testing to confirm or rule out a problem. ...Read more

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CXR Heart is normal. Calcification is noted in pul foci and no active lung lesion seen. There is blunting of Rt.costophrenic angle. What ur opinion?

CXR
  Heart is normal. Calcification is noted in pul foci and no active lung lesion seen. There is blunting of Rt.costophrenic angle.
What ur opinion?

Previous healing: It sounds like you probably had an earlier long infection and now the calcification and blunting of the cardiopulmonary angle a result of a previous lung infection. It sounds like you have healed. The rest of your health depends on the rest of your evaluation. ...Read more

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Fna came back benign on 6mm focal coarse calcification cyst in my thyroid. Is this reliable should I get a second opinion? Im having heart pal and hbp

Fna came back benign on 6mm focal coarse calcification cyst in my thyroid. Is this reliable should I get a second opinion? Im having heart pal and hbp

Observation: An fna is never 100% certain. The probability of malignancy in a benign fna is something under 5%. However, most physicians would continue observation of the nodule rather than recommend surgery. Unless there is something wrong with your thyroid levels, it should not affect your blood pressure or cause palpitations. ...Read more

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I have heavy calcification of the infrarenal abdominal aorta. I showed my heart doctor and he said its nothing to worry about. A smoker 4 years worrie?

I have heavy calcification of the infrarenal abdominal aorta. I showed my heart doctor and he said its nothing to worry about. A smoker 4 years worrie?

Entitled to a 2nd op: If you are not happy, sure or confident with the cardiologist's opinion, you can always see a second one for a second opinion. Most doctors are not insulted by that because they realize sometimes a 2nd opinion from an expert is reassuring to the patient and ultimately everybody wants the patient to be healthy. ...Read more

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My CT results, calcification of the heart. How does me throwing up fresh blood with hunks of tissue? have to do with this. What do u think?

My CT results, calcification of the heart. How does me throwing up fresh blood with hunks of tissue? have to do with this. What do u think?

Incidental: When you do a CT scan for 1 indication, you discover things that have nothing to do with the original reason for doing the test. This happens literally everyday because CT scans provide SO MUCH information. Calcification in the coronary arteries is a common finding on CTs done in middle aged adults. It doesn't mean you necessarily have blockage but you have the milieu to develop it so be warned. ...Read more

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What to do if I have calcification on the left hand side of my heart a very small dot on the CT scan how bad is this?

What to do if I have calcification on the left hand side of my heart a very small dot on the CT scan how bad is this?

Calcification: No need to worry about small dotted calcification. It is an aging process. If it is in the heart blood vessels you have to follow healthy life style instructions to prevent further blocks. ...Read more

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Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath..take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath..take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

How high: How high is calcification score. If this is too high you actually may have aggressive heart disease. Have you had your thyroid checked. See your doc and if persist see a cardiologist and insist on an echo for cardiac performance. ...Read more

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I had a brain ct and they said everything was good/ normal. I just read report and it said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What does that mean? I am 42 and went in for symptoms that mirrored stroke a heart attack symptoms, b

I had a brain ct and they said everything was good/ normal. I just read report and it said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What does that mean? I am 42 and went in for symptoms that mirrored stroke a heart attack symptoms, b

Scarring, old injury: Calcification (buildup) of the basal ganglia or anywhere in the brain is a healing process for an injury, whether the cause is vascular, genetic (Parkinson's disease), infection, or other cause, that happens over many yrs. Ur description of ur symptoms is sparse. The CT is used to check if any abnormality EXPLAINS YOUR IMMEDIATE SYMPTOMS. Any other "abnormality" is irrelevant to ur primary doctor. ...Read more

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Coronary artery calcification...I take adalat (nifedipine) blood pressure ok but heart rate high 110 at rest ..feel heaveness on chest and shortness of breath.help?

Coronary artery calcification...I take adalat (nifedipine) blood pressure ok but heart rate high 110 at rest ..feel heaveness on chest and shortness of breath.help?

Need examination: That is an abnormal resting heart rate and for someone your age & history of coronary artery calcification as you state- if this is entirely new for you in terms of symptoms then, your next move should be an ER facility. You are welcome to write to me with other questions if you'd like at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi but I don't think that should delay getting seen now. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Calcification Of Heart (Definition)

Calcification of the heart is a condition where mineral deposits have developed on the vessels and muscles of the heart, which may make the ...Read more


Dr. Al Hegab
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Hardening Of The Arteries (Definition)

Hardening of the arteries = atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries is ...Read more