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I had a c t scan done and the tech. told me it took extra time

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I had a c t scan done and the tech. told me it took extra time because she had a hard time finding a spot without calcification on the aorta what causes this and what can be done about it. please and thankyou.

Dr. Natasha :

hi

Dr. Natasha :

welcome to the chat

Dr. Natasha :

calicifications on the aorta are common

Dr. Natasha :

in fact, they are common on all blood vessels as you get older

Customer:

Hi Natasha so what can a person do to reverse this?

Dr. Natasha :

That being said, it is an indication of atherosclerosis which can increase your chances of heart disease and stroke

Dr. Natasha :

so it is a good thing you found it now

Dr. Natasha :

Treatment involves taking care of blood pressire

Dr. Natasha :

taking care of diabetes if you have it

Dr. Natasha :

exercise at least 30 minutes a day 3x a week

Dr. Natasha :

eating a healthy diet

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and taking a baby aspirin 81mg if not contraindicated

Dr. Natasha :

did you get all that?

Customer:

so a person can not get rid of this calcification ?

Dr. Natasha :

Not really unless you have an angioplasty done

Dr. Natasha :

but the important thing is that you know you have it and you can make some lifestyle changes which will have a huge impact

Dr. Natasha :

look at this as a wake up call, not a bad thing

Dr. Natasha :

a bad thing would be having a stroke or heart attack and then realising that you could have prevented it

Customer:

had a heart attack 5 yrs ago with 3 bypass and a mitral valve repair nobody mentioned calcification at that time, could it have developed since then, and be bad enough to obstruct the scanner?

Dr. Natasha :

Did you have a CT at that time?

Customer:

not that i remember

Dr. Natasha :

well, it may have been there for quite some time

Dr. Natasha :

it doesn't happen over night

Dr. Natasha :

but it could have taken about 5 years to develop

Dr. Natasha :

did you see this?

Customer:

yes i see it

Dr. Natasha :

did this answer your question?

Customer:

thank-you Natasha

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