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    Heart Calcium Score Test
    An_255617 posted:
    I am a 57 year old women in generally good health and have been recommended by two cardiologists to have this screening test ... because of family history, high cholesterol, hypertension, etc.. I am not having any symptoms and every EKG i have taken has been good. I've avoided for years taking cholesterol medicine, because Ive always thought I could reduce with exercise and diet. It seems to stay around 230 ... my good cholesterol is very high and good. I have not been very compliant in proceeding with this test due to fear of having radiation. I've heard that radiation can cause cancer. I have never had too many radiation tests, except for mammograms, dental, etc. Can anyone give me some calming words or reassurance that this test is safe to take? If they do find that I have plaque in my arteries, is this a death sentence! Help... my obsessive thoughts are out of control ... thank you!!

    P.S. - I do have autoimmune Hashimotos Thyroiditis.... does radiation have any increased risks when you are autoimmune for cancer??
    atti_editor responded:
    It is perfectly natural to be fearful of something you have never done before. This article explains more about the test, what will be done, what to expect, risks, etc.

    While there is a slight chance of developing cancer from having a coronary calcium scan, that chance is higher in people who have many radiation tests, as the above article explains. You may find it helpful and calming to speak with your doctor about your fears, the amount of radiation that you will be exposed to, any concerns related to your autoimmune Hashimotos Thyroiditis, and to confirm that the test is necessary.

    There are a number of treatment options for clogged arteries -- if your doctor finds that you do have arterial plaque, which treatment options are prescribed will depend on the severity of your condition and your medical history. This article explains some of the treatment options and may be helpful to discuss with your doctor prior to testing.

    Please let us know how you are doing! And I hope that you feel calmer after discussing things with your doctor.

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