Tuesday, November 23, 2010

JUPITER to Earth: It's the Calcium Score Stupid!

Well, well, well!  A funny thing happened on the way to the "statin forum."  Astra-Zeneca, in a bald-faced attempt to broaden the narket for its statin product Crestor, ended up proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that heart scans and calcium scoring is the most powerful predictor of heart attacks in asymptomatic people.

A post hoc analysis of the MESA study population using JUPITER criteria revealed at 25-fold increase in risk for persons having a positive calcium score.  These two studies were fairly large so it was adequately powered to deliver results with a high degree of confidence.

For years docs like Bill Davis and Bill Blanchet have been screaming this from the hilltops and it something every Track Your Plaque practitioner knows.  If you have a positive calcium score you have coronary artery disease and your risk of a heart attack skyrockets.  Fortunately, it also gives you often decades of warning so you can actually DO something about it.  Coupled with technologies like advanced lipoprotein you can find the root causes and correct them.

So, "thank you" Atra-Zeneca.  I know you did it for the money - but what the heck - you might end up having helped save some lives in spite of it!

Now darn it, go out talk to your doc about getting that heart scan if you have any doubts about having the seeds of heart disease in your arteries.

Looking out for your health,


HeartHawk

10 comments:

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The (Jupiter), the classic big, long-term, double-blind, randomized, placebo clinical trial designed to determine whether: The study is known as the "trial intervention assessment of Rosuvastatin justification for the use of statins in primary prevention, " it was logical to start statin treatment (In this case or 20 mg Rosuvastatin Crestor) in healthy individuals with high levels of LDL cholesterol, but with a low C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.

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Becky K. Captain, said...

I recommend Calcium scores (heart scans) often. A couple of things to remember: it only shows Hard plaque and not Soft plaque. So if your score is zero (no plaque) and you have symptoms you should still have a stress test and see your provider, also, check around on the costs of these scans...they vary considerably. We offer them in Kansas City for $50 (down from at one time $450)...so shop around.
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