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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 10:29
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So how about this list of tests at this hospital, any of them the CAC?


https://www.houstonmethodist.org/he...-scan-packages/

So does anybody know if this is CAC?


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Heart Scan $140

Calcium Score Also known as a heart scan, this uses a computed tomography (CT) scan to detect the presence and extent of calcium deposits within the walls of the coronary arteries. Calcium is one of the substances that make up plaque, a waxy substance that can build up in coronary arteries, and over time, cause those arteries to harden or rupture. A heart scan is used to detect coronary artery disease and, if present, can determine the severity.


Heart scans are typically performed in men aged 40 and older and women 50 and older who have risk factors for developing coronary artery disease, but no symptoms. A heart scan is a simple test that only takes about 10 minutes. You will be asked to lie still in the CT scanner machine while it takes X-ray pictures of your heart. The pictures from the scan will tell your doctor whether you have calcification in your coronary arteries, an early sign of coronary artery disease. If calcifications appear, your doctor will work with you to help prevent a heart attack or other heart problems.

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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 12:51
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Yes Meme, that one is the CT scan you want.
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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 13:03
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Yes Meme, that one is the CT scan you want.


Thank you so much Bev.!!
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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 13:13
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Plan: modified adkins (sort of)
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I asked my doc to prescribe one for me. Justification? My Mother died of a heart attack at age 72, my Dad had congestive heart failure the last 6 years of his life, and my total cholesterol is high enough that most docs would be pushing statins on me. (Not sure if you need an Rx in Texas to get one or not but I was hoping my insurance would go ahead and spring for it.) Insurance declined to pay...guess insurer doesn't REALLY think my cholesterol is all that high!

I think it wound up costing me about $150 but, given residual concerns over all the warnings that eating meat and fat was "gonna clog my arteries," I decided it was worth it.

Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.
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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 13:29
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I asked my doc to prescribe one for me. Justification? My Mother died of a heart attack at age 72, my Dad had congestive heart failure the last 6 years of his life, and my total cholesterol is high enough that most docs would be pushing statins on me. (Not sure if you need an Rx in Texas to get one or not but I was hoping my insurance would go ahead and spring for it.) Insurance declined to pay...guess insurer doesn't REALLY think my cholesterol is all that high!

I think it wound up costing me about $150 but, given residual concerns over all the warnings that eating meat and fat was "gonna clog my arteries," I decided it was worth it.

Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.
FANTASTIC!
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Old Mon, Aug-26-19, 16:58
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I asked my doc to prescribe one for me. Justification? My Mother died of a heart attack at age 72, my Dad had congestive heart failure the last 6 years of his life, and my total cholesterol is high enough that most docs would be pushing statins on me. (Not sure if you need an Rx in Texas to get one or not but I was hoping my insurance would go ahead and spring for it.) Insurance declined to pay...guess insurer doesn't REALLY think my cholesterol is all that high!

I think it wound up costing me about $150 but, given residual concerns over all the warnings that eating meat and fat was "gonna clog my arteries," I decided it was worth it.

Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.

Now that's good news . . .
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Old Tue, Aug-27-19, 03:13
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It was Dr Davis writing about calcium scores that first got me reading him. This was before he was blogging about wheat!

Gosh, some of us have been at this for a long time
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Old Tue, Aug-27-19, 08:39
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Plan: Atkins DANDR
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I asked my doc to prescribe one for me. Justification? My Mother died of a heart attack at age 72, my Dad had congestive heart failure the last 6 years of his life, and my total cholesterol is high enough that most docs would be pushing statins on me. (Not sure if you need an Rx in Texas to get one or not but I was hoping my insurance would go ahead and spring for it.) Insurance declined to pay...guess insurer doesn't REALLY think my cholesterol is all that high!

I think it wound up costing me about $150 but, given residual concerns over all the warnings that eating meat and fat was "gonna clog my arteries," I decided it was worth it.

Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.



Wow Bev that's great!
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Old Tue, Aug-27-19, 17:50
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Yeah, Bev! Unfortunately I've never heard from anyone that their insurance covers this test, but at least it's not super expensive. Perhaps some day it will be covered as knowledge of its benefit spreads.
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Old Tue, Aug-27-19, 20:09
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Plan: My own - < 30 net carbs
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Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.

You can't do any better than that. Congratulations!!!
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Old Wed, Aug-28-19, 00:56
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I asked my doc to prescribe one for me. Justification? My Mother died of a heart attack at age 72, my Dad had congestive heart failure the last 6 years of his life, and my total cholesterol is high enough that most docs would be pushing statins on me. (Not sure if you need an Rx in Texas to get one or not but I was hoping my insurance would go ahead and spring for it.) Insurance declined to pay...guess insurer doesn't REALLY think my cholesterol is all that high!

I think it wound up costing me about $150 but, given residual concerns over all the warnings that eating meat and fat was "gonna clog my arteries," I decided it was worth it.

Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.
Congrats!

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Old Wed, Aug-28-19, 07:05
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Plan: IF Fung/LC Westman/Primal
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Yeah, Bev! Unfortunately I've never heard from anyone that their insurance covers this test, but at least it's not super expensive. Perhaps some day it will be covered as knowledge of its benefit spreads.


What I understood from The Widowmaker movie, a Texas state senator did get a law passed that insurance had to pay for a CAC. With some of the brilliant governors in the meantime...maybe that was reversed? Good news I have seen $50 scans now...midwest, south Florida. Lots of old folk and excess CT time slots = dropping prices. Heart month special, a Medical Tourism jaunt in February. https://baptisthealth.net/baptist-h...e-heart-attack/

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Old Wed, Aug-28-19, 15:13
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Plan: LC (ketogenic)
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Results? After 5 years eating LCHF, I got a CAC scored of ZERO which is perfect. No sign at all of any plaque build-up in my arteries.

That's just fabulous!!

PJ
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Old Wed, Aug-28-19, 16:30
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Plan: modified adkins (sort of)
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Not sure but I think insurance is only required to pay for CAC if you're considered to be at "intermediate" (or higher) risk of a heart attack. Since I had a family history of heart disease AND a previous doctor started pushing statins at me more than 15 years ago because of my cholesterol levels, I figured I'd qualify. My insurer decided I didn't fit the criteria, probably because I don't smoke and, by the time I asked for the test, I was no longer obese and no longer had high blood pressure! It wasn't worth it to me to try and fight them to get them to pay.

At least in the Austin area, the price - even without insurance - has come down since I had mine done. It is now just $75 at ARA Diagnostic Imaging. And, according to ARA's website, it doesn't look like you need a doctor's Rx in Texas.
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