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Where do I go from here? Higher CAC and I’m baffled

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Posted: 8/4/2020 10:58:35 PM
 
Hello all, new here but very familiar with Dr. Davis and looking for some insight.

Background info: I am a 66 year old asymptomatic female, 112 lbs, 5’2", slim build. I started keto/low carb in June 2018. Had my first CAC scan in August 30, 2018 and really wasn’t too surprised at a 675 Agatston score. Lived many years smoking cigarettes but no more than a pack/day and ate the typical SAD diet.  After seeing that score, I continued same low carb diet and added magnesium glycinate (600 mg/day), D3 (5000 iu/day), fish oil and Koncentrated K.  Unfortunately I didn’t stop smoking or drinking coffee with Coffeemate Hazelnut creamer, 3-4 cups a day and I also began working as a rideshare driver in February, 2019, 8-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, and spent many hours in a stressed and sedentary situation.

Labs (fasting) done 4/29/20 are as follows:
TC - 286
HDL - 63
TG - 89
LDL - 202
HbA1c - 5.4
Hs-CRP - 0.9
Insulin - 5.8

2nd CAC done on 6/24/20 and now the score is 1548. I was absolutely shocked. How was it possible that my score increased more in 2 years than in all of the previous 64?  I also had a nuclear stress test in July, 2020 that was normal.

Needless to say, I smoked my last cigarette on July 2nd and have finally beat my addiction to the creamer in my morning coffee. I’m going to continue with my low carb lifestyle and supplements and am adding in a walking program. But I’m wondering if there’s anything else I should be doing, diagnostically speaking, or honestly  wondering if I should question the 2nd score and ask for it to be re-evaluated. Just really hard to believe that 150% increase in 2 years.

What should my next move be? I am scheduled to see the cardiologist again in Oct. and will get a NMR test done before that appointment and once again discuss my declining statins again.  But other than that, am I just playing a waiting game, until such a time that I experience some symptoms or worse, God forbid.

Any and all insight is appreciated!!






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Posted: 8/5/2020 9:38:21 AM
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Posted: 8/5/2020 10:04:28 AM
 
Quoted From Clj2ch1: wondering if I should question the 2nd score and ask for it to be re-evaluated.

yes.  Maybe ask to get the first one re-read too.

 




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Posted: 8/5/2020 12:04:04 PM
 
I will second Bob’s suggestion of checking Lp(a) levels, as those can definitely cause increased cardiac calcium, even when everything else looks pretty good.
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Posted: 8/5/2020 3:36:22 PM
 
Thank you everyone for your input. I do think I’m going to pursue re-scoring and also look into the factors you all have mentioned. 
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