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Cardio Calcium Screening

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Upon my doctor's recommendation, I had a cardio calcium screening done. It cost $99 and took about fifteen minutes once I was in the cat-scan machine. The purpose is to see if there is any plaque build up in the arteries around the heart. With a family history of heart disease and strokes it seemed like a wise investment to assess the health of my heart. I was concerned because of my family history even though I've been somewhat consistent with Spark people support in maintaining a "flexitarian" diet (mostly vegetarian with occasional non-red meat meals) and exercise. I eat oatmeal for breakfast with flax meal and fruit added and try to maintain healthy food choice habits overall. However, lately, I've allowed some (20 some to be honest) pounds to creep back on which I'm now actively working back off. I wasn't sure what to expect from the exam but my score was 0 - no plaque build up at all. It appears that perfection in disciplines is not always required for good results. I will use this good news to keep up the healthy practices - hopefully even more consistently than in the past as I move ever closer to retirement age.
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