Hello all, I only joined the BHF forum a few months ago to make enquiries on behalf of my dad who’d had a bypass. However, following his experience and the fact I’m nearly 50 and haven’t always looked after my health, I decided to go for a full medical check up including a newish technology where a CT scan takes 64 images inside your heart.
I have no idea how to get such a test back home in the U.K. I’m overseas right now and took advantage of the cheaper prices here. The CT scan cost the equivalent of £450.
I was injected with contrasting fluid so my arteries would show up nicely on camera. Next I was passed through a CT scan a total of four times holding my breath when directed.
A few hours later came the photos and a chat with the cardiologist. Not too bad, but my left anterior descending artery is about 20% clogged with soft plaque. The consultant wasn’t overly concerned but advised me to lower my LDL cholesterol from an already within range 3.2 mmol/L to 2.6 by eating less red meat, more oily fish and more vegetables.
I don’t think any other test can make such an early diagnosis so I’m well pleased. I’m aware that soft plaque is the one that can rupture and cause blockages, but if I try to maintain the 20% blockage as best as I can by fairly large diet changes (I’m already extremely active), I can’t do anymore.
That’s it. Not much else to add. Hopefully this technology will become more accessible in future as tests such as ECG or ECG stress tests won’t pick up such lower levels of blockage. If anyone can find such a scan, called 64 slice CT heart scan or similar, I really really recommend it.
Happy new year all and take it easy,