Video: Worried about cardiovascular disease? Let’s talk about CT Calcium Scoring.

I recently went in for a routine physical. I’ve always had high cholesterol, and my blood test results showed it was still out of range. 

Specifically, my low-density lipoproteins or LDL, which are known on the streets as the “bad” cholesterol, was higher than desired. So once again my doctor suggested statins to bring that number down. 

I was on statins many years ago and they made my muscles achy, and I just didn’t like how they made me feel. I figured I’d try other things, like a healthy diet and working out. I went off the statins and the pains went away.

“Why don’t you try this?”, my doctor said, and handed me a piece of paper that looked like a flier you’d staple to a utility pole trying to sell your car. All it said was,“CT Calcium Scoring”, with a phone number.

Then my doctor said, “I’ll make you a deal. You get this test and if your score is low. I’ll stop bringing up statins.”

I said, “sure!” But what’s crazy is that while researching the test, I found that doctors and hospitals the world over recommend this test, but NOT ONE PERSON I talked to had ever heard of it. All I could think of was spreading the word, so I wrote a short movie about my experience with the test.

In a nutshell, CT calcium scoring gives you clarity about the condition of the arteries around your heart. It measures blockage in your arteries, which results in a calcium score. This score is a risk indicator of having a potential heart attack or stroke in the next five to ten years. This data is super valuable if you’re on the fence about taking statins or have always wondered what kind of shape your heart is in. Now you can know.

If this is you, talk to your doctor. And if you have a friend or loved one who could benefit, please share this video with them. It could save their life.

Update: We’ve created a companion piece called “Should I take a statin?”