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.

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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...

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...

I'm 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...

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...