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From: Ricardo (189.122.87.250)
Subject:         Re: Carodid Artery Calcium Presence
Date: May 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm PST

In Reply to: Carodid Artery Calcium Presence posted by herman on May 27, 2010 at 10:13 am:

Dear Herman,
first of all congratulations for your achievements regarding weight loss and reduction cholesterol even without statins!

I cant either give you medical advise but can give you some details of my medical treatment:

my cardilogists say that the problem is not major concern of calcium regarding heart atack prevention (I understood that Dr. E, Dr, Gould and other MDs that deal with heart disease reversion say that too). Calcium score just gives an idea of how you are comparing to the same age group regarding deposits of cholesterol in the long range.

But the major cause for heart attacks are the more recent plaques, where calcium may even not be formed.

Here they prefer in order to assess arteries:

1) Positron Emission Tomography - PET that measures or takes pictures of blood flow and metabulism in heart muscle.

2) Cat scans to measure narrowing of arteries in place of traditional arteriograms. This exam gives the doctors images of where there is clogging and how much in percent of narrowing. Calcium measure is also given in this exams.

I did both after I failed a treadmill test.

After 3 years of VLF and Vegan, my doctor wants me to do the PET exam, that could tell if disease progressed, stable or regressed. I am still deciding when would be the best time to do the PET exam. I am little afraid of the results... But I will do my best to take the decision to make it.

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