Pratoman, I made myself an appointment for a CT cardio score test. I'm going to have it in a couple weeks, after returning from a trip to Philly with my daughter following the 4th.
I watched the video you linked to in your original post...thanks again for that. I'm starting low on the learning curve, but that has helped solidify my foundation.
At my physical a few weeks ago, my internist said that I he would be contacted with the score, then he would call me in for an appointment to discuss and interpret it. As I said, I'm just starting my education, but this is about
all I've learned about
The amount of calcium detected in the coronary arteries is converted to a calcium score which correlates with the severity of the atherosclerosis. The score used is the Agatston score, which is calculated from weighted density and area of the calcification identified. Scores are then used to define severity as follows:
Coronary artery calcium score Calcification grade = risk of imminent coronary event
>1000 Very severe
But from the video, clearly one of the take-aways for me was that one does not
have to be in the Severe category or above to be a high risk of an event.
Addressing other posts in the thread...
I think he means in his family there isn't a familial component of PCa
No, hopefully I cleared that up in my earlier post. The hereditary component of PC is very small
; PC (and many cancers) is largely a sporadic disease. But moreover, I don't really know about
PC in my family...because my father died of a massive heart attack at age 50. There certainly was a 50% likelihood that he had
PC at the time...but heart disease is the #1 killer of all men with prostate cancer.
JackH: I must say I'm surprised to learn that HW's staunchest advocate of Active Surveillance for prostate cancer is averse to finding out whether he might have heart issues.
"Aversion," or disinclination, doesn't express my feelings. I was never at risk of dying of PC (neither are you with your favorable risk case), but heart disease is a very different story. I'd say it is the most likely cause of my eventual death. Unfortunately, for many men who don't get the test, the first time they know they have the disease they are already dead.
Interestingly, I learned (from Pratoman's video) that the first course of action for men and women who are identified by the test as being at risk is often a "Disease Management Program," which frankly sounds similar in many ways to an "Active Surveillance program" for men with favorable risk PC. It's all about
taking responsibility for one's lifestyle and managing the risk effectively. Proactively, I already adhere fairly well to the diet plan I recently posted in the thread Boost your odds of success on AS https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3654338
, not because I'm on AS (I wish!), but because lifestyle changes in support of AS are also heart-healthy.
Thanks again, Pratoman, for the video and the encouragement. Have you posted on the Heart & Cardiovascular Disease site at HW? Wondering if some of this discussion belongs there?