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Thu Jul 21 22:59:15 UTC 2011

In my last catheterism, 2008, the summary indicates mild aortic annular calcification, how bad it can be?
Asked By: olirosa  

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Diabetic, three stents, CAD, diabetic neuropathy.
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2011-07-22 15:37:05.0

Hello OliRosa; Thank you for asking dLife, heart related conditions are of increased concern with the presence of diabetes, both 1 or 2.
Findings of calcifications within the heart valve area are common, the amount of calcification correlates with the severity of blood vessel damage or coronary artery disease (CAD). Calcification of the aortic valve area identifies the degree of severity for valve narrowing. This narrowing runs the risk of impeding blood flow and nutrients being available to the vessels. At this point it is mild, time to take action to stall off any advancement of disease. The damage to the vascular system, (heart attack and stroke or similar) run 2-3 times higher with diabetes than those without. Your catherization investigated the damage-if any-present from the stress of diabetes to the heart-or cardiovascular system, this procedure is done for diagnosis and to identify how if any, additional interventions are needed, i.e. stent or other surgical procedures, (as you've experienced).

Blood flows through the heart in one direction: from the atria to ventricles and out the great arteries leaving the upper aspect of the heart. This one-way traffic is enforced by 4 valves that open and closes in response to differences in blood pressure on their 2 respective sides. The aortic annular calcification, meaning that within the aorta's circular ring there is a mild accumulation of calcium. The presence of this deposit is linked to damage identified as atherosclerosis disease or the CAD.

Prevention/stalling off any progression of the disease :

  • blood pressure<130/80
  • LDL<100mg/dl
  • regular physical activity 3-4x/wk for 30 minutes
  • BMI 21-25
  • waist circumference<40.2" in men or<34.7" in women
  • no smoking
  • aspirin therapy/per medical supervision i.e. consultation with your cardiologist
  • A1C<6.5%. Continue to be your best, regards Sue
  • Answered By: Susan Throop
    Accreditations: RD, CDE, MA
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