My dear, sweet brother-in-law suddenly died at the age of 50 from massive heart failure. His untimely death prompts me to share information about a simple, non-invasive, and inexpensive calcium test that may save your and your loved ones’ lives.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart failure, is the leading global cause of death, according to the American Heart Association. CVD accounts for more than 17.3 million deaths worldwide. And about one of every three deaths in the United States is attributable to CVD. Unfortunately, the CVD death rate is expected to grow significantly–to over 23.6 million–by the year 2030.
An Easy and Potentially Life-Saving Test
A little-known, non-invasive screening test may prevent some heart disease by alerting patients about their risk of a heart attack well before it happens. This test is called CT cardiac calcium scoring that measures calcified plaque in the coronary arteries and predicts the likelihood of a heart attack over the next five years. But there’s a catch: many doctors never mention the test to patients!
Fortunately, my cardiologist recommended the CT cardiac calcium scoring test to me, a patient in her sixties with familial history of heart disease. He told me that my health insurance most likely would not cover the testing fee. Understanding the significance of the test, I gladly paid the $150 fee out-of-pocket.
The low-dose CT scan (without contrast) was super easy and only took about ten minutes. Within a week, I learned that my CT cardiac calcium score was “zero,” a remarkable result for a sexagenarian! (My score indicated “zero coronary artery calcification.”)
I have little calcium in my coronary arteries because I take vitamin K2 with my daily 10,000 IU of vitamin D3. Most Western diets do not include food rich in vitamins D3 and K2. For that reason, it usually requires daily supplementation to enjoy Vitamin D Wellness that culminates in less calcium in your coronary arteries.
To assess the risk of a heart attack, consider undergoing a CT cardiac calcium scoring test. Your life may depend on it!
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