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What does moderate calcification of the abdominal aorta mean, and how serious is it?
Already Tried: I noticed this remark on xray report taken of my lower back. I inquired with my family doctor. He said I should not gain any more weight. I am worried that this is too conservative of an approach. I am on Plavix 75 MG from (3) previous strokes. Thank you help.
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Calcification of an artery is also known in lay terms as "hardening" of the arteries. With moderate calcification of the abdominal aorta, it means that the major artery that moves blood from the heart to your body is narrowed and not as pliable as it should be. It may also mean that you probably have the same condition wide-spread in the other arteries of your body (or, atherosclerosis). This would put you at risk conditions as heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease.Treatment of the condition depends on your particular problems and other health conditions. An example--treatment of high blood pressure to keep your blood pressure in normal ranges as this is a risk factor atherosclerosis (or, hardening of the arteries). Weight management if you are overweight would be another treatment.....dietary changes to promote a normal weight, normal blood sugar, and normal cholesterol levels.Here are some links to explain further (just copy and paste into your browser):http://www.e-radiography.net/radpath/c/calcabdoaorta.htmhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arteriosclerosis-atherosclerosis/DS00525
My blood pressure runs 90 over 60 something at most times. I am a diabetic with a A1C of 6.1. I do have a weight issue. I feel the answer did not answer my question! Should I be sent to a Cardio Doctor to be evaluated, to be watched? Is a family doctor adequate to monitor this health situation? Thank you
My A1C is 6.2, CHOL is 132, HDL 46, LDL 57. Blood tests done on 3/5/12.
Is this disease hereitary? What other tests are recommened?
Thank you very much.
As an expert, should my doctor have advised me on this situation instead of me having to call and point it out to him? I am concerned that he missed something that could be life threatening!
Thank you continued answers ans much needed help. It is easing my concerns and leading me in a health direction of my choice.