Is your calcium score getting worse?
How do I interpret my calcium score when it’s getting worse?
Arteries could be getting worse.
Ask your doctor to check your blood calcium level. High calcium blood levels can speed up the calcification process. If your calcium level is high, ask for a PTH level. If that’s normal, ask for a 25 hydroxy-Vitamin D level, a 1-25 dihydroxy-Vitamin D level, a 24 hour urine calcium test, and a PTH-related protein.
Look at the calcium volume score. If your volume score is moving in the opposite direction of your Agatston score, then your plaque might be shrinking. In other words, the volume score is decreasing. Shrinking plaque is what we want to see. If the volume score is stable or increasing, you need to check to make sure your plaque isn’t getting worse.
Genetically, some people have plaque calcification that gets worse when your arteries get better. Like scar tissue, when it’s healing, can get more calcium. Remember this: calcium is a sign of inflammation.
The most important question you can ask is this:
Are my arteries getting better? Or worse?
Inflammation in the arteries can kill you.
When mammograms show increased calcium, it means there is inflammation in the breast. The next step is to check an ultrasound, to see the tissues more clearly.
We developed our Ask the Arteries 3 month ultrasound trending program to answer that question.
Ask the Arteries. They’ll tell you.