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Had Lumbar xrays recently of L1 thru L5. Radiologist noted the usual spondylosis (arthritis). However, he also noted: "...Vascular calcifications of the abdominal aorta and iliac vessels." My questions is--Has any one out there ran into this diagnosis before and possibly is this a preliminary to IHD?

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Had Lumbar xrays recently of L1 thru L5. Radiologist noted the usual spondylosis (arthritis). However, he also noted: "...Vascular calcifications of the abdominal aorta and iliac vessels." My questions is--Has any one out there ran into this diagnosis before and possibly is this a preliminary to IHD?

The condition can lead to cardiac disease and could possiblybe linked to IHD. Read the article about it at this link it should help explain the condition for you. Either way I recommend you see a cardiologist for full work up just to be safe.

JMO,

Bergie

http://www.babyboomercaretaker.com/senior-health/Vascular-Calcification-Elderly-Prevalence.html

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"Vascular calcifications of the abdominal aorta and iliac vessels" are not usually considered by the VA to be directly related to IHD.

BUT - - - this can be related to DMII and other metabolic disorders.

If studies show that there is also coronary artery disease (quite possible), then CAD can be related to IHD.

A chemical stress test with dye is usually definitive, and will show a cardiologist heart functionality and LVEF. This is much more accurate than a treadmill test.

A sonic test is not as accurate, but can also show problems. A CAT scan with dye can also be useful.

Some people have an allergic reaction to the iodine based dye commonly used, and may need to be pre-medicated for several days prior.

The usual allergic reaction to the dye is a flushing sensation, and/or a prickling sensation centered in the face and scalp. It may be mild or quite unpleasant.

Do get a referral to a cardiologist.

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I had a lump on my leg and the VA did a CT scan. They found calcification of arteries in my legs. This did lead to a DX of heart disease. If you can find some reason to get the VA to do a CT scan of your legs and they find hardening of these arteries that is good indication of future problems with either stroke or cardiac problems.

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February is national Heart Health Month and I am proud of the advice you guys gave here.

None of us here are doctors but we all know how important it is to be proactive about your health.

It pays to ask the doctor any questions you have and to look up conditions on good internet medical sites like the AHA journals.

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