Here's one of the few times I'm not thrilled about a high score.
A coronary calcium score of zero is optimal A score of 100 to 300 means moderate plaque deposits. "It's associated with a relatively high risk of heart attack or other heart disease over the next three to five years," the Mayo Clinic says. "A score greater than 300 is a sign of very high to severe disease and heart attack risk. "
My score was 2,700.
Even though I somehow aced a subsequent stress test (treadmills are so much fun) I'm meeting with a cardiologist later this month and will have an angiogram shortly thereafter. That's because my family has a history of heart disease. My grandfather, of blessed memory, had the first of five heart attacks at when he was 43. He died at 66. My father's first heart attack was at 53. My mother's first was at 55.
The angiogram will determine the percentage of areterial blockage there is and what actions are necessary to address it. I am thankful to both G-d and my doctor that this is being caught now so that we can be proactive and take the necessary steps to prevent further blockage and a heart attack. I've set a fundraising goal of $2,700 for the American Heart Association, which is committed to fighting heart disease and stroke and raising awareness of these diseases. As part of its mission, AHA focuses on specific causes designed to help people achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle.
I turn 50, G-d willing, on April 10 and my goal for this birthday and beyond is better heart health. I would appreciate very much any donation of any size you would be able to make. Thank you!