I have had high cholesterol levels for over 30 years. Doctors here in Australia talk about levels in terms of the Total/HDL ratio, which they say should be under 3.5. Mine has been around 8 for the last 30 years. I have always resisted taking statins - as I have been healthy, not greatly overweight, no high blood pressure and in recent years I have taken up running and lost around 10KG.
I recently changed GP's - and asked my Doctor if i could have a Calcium Score CT test as I have recently heard of it . Unfortunately, it has come back with a score of 550 - which is a moderate risk level and I am at the 75% percentile for my age. I have read where this number indicates that I have a 90% chance of a single 70% blockage of the coronary arteries.
I am having a ECG and a stress Echocardiogram tomorrow - my understanding is that the latter shows if there is any disturbance of the blood flow in the arteries when under stress on a treadmill. I am confident of fully passing the stress test as it will not stress me as much as a normal training run so, as I have yet to suffer any symptoms common to hardened/narrowed arteries, I am not sure where we will go from there.
Anybody here had a Calcium Score CT test?