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High calcium level while on crestor and aspirin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   My cardiologist has me on crestor 5mg. and a baby aspirin. I'm very healthy, don't smoke, have normal cholesterol levels, normal blood pressure, very aerobically active (triathlete), not overweight... All good! I've had a stress test where all was good. My only problem is that I had a high Calcium Score of 1840! But, taking the statin has made me slow down dramatically. I have muscle issues, twitching, cramps, depression... I don't understand why I have to take the statin or aspirin. Please let me know what you think?
User :   hello
Doctor :   HI
Doctor :  
Let me read it
User :   ok
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?

User :   I'm MALE and 63 years old.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Have you got the complete Lipid profile done?

User :   I think so.
Doctor :   Lipid profile does include Triglycerides, LDL, HDL and VLDL to help you recall

User :   My cholestrol levels are all good... total 180-190 for about 10 years.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
How about the components I mentioned before?
User :   Yes, no problems with those levels
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
May I know your Serum Calcium levels with units?
User :   I've done over 50 triathlons and 4 Ironmans
Doctor :  
Ok , that is good to hear
User :   I don't know what serum calcium is
Doctor :  
Calcium levels in blood
User :   Everything was fine until I had the calcium scoring test
User :   the total of that test was 1840
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
that is the calcium deposit in the blood vessels
Doctor :  
detect on doing a CT scan
User :   my stress test was great, everything until I took that test
Doctor :   Yes, that is more important

Doctor :  
Now with cholesterol levels being normal, the statins are given as an extra prevention
Doctor :  
as there is already calcium depositiion
Doctor :  
and further cholesterol deposition shall worsen the condition
Doctor :  
Hence suggested
User :   I was thinking about the c reactive test?
Doctor :  
The same holds good for Aspirin
Doctor :  
C reactive test is done to detect the inflammatory levels in the body
User :   but, I'm slowing down dramatically... I'm several minutes slower from what I used to do!
Doctor :   Ok

User :   My mile run is now very slow
Doctor :  
User :   My muscles don't seem to fire like they used to
Doctor :   Is that due to cardiac output related?
User :   a short time ago
User :   I ran 7 miles the other day at a very slow pace
Doctor :   Ok

User :   I just couldn't pick it up
User :   I wasn't out of breath but my muscles just wouldn't work
Doctor :  
For further clarification on this, I would suggest you to take the second opinion of our Cardiologist Dr.XXXXXXXX
User :   Where is Dr. XXXXXXXX
Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW

User :   Also, does taking statins effect the results of a c-reactive protein test?
Doctor :   Yes statins does decrease the levels of CRP
User :   how long does it take for the statins to get out of my body so that i could have a true c reactive protein test?
Doctor :   It is a good medicine

User :   please answer my question
Doctor :  
the excretion does vary with the body functions
Doctor :  
User :   approximately how long?
Doctor :  
Usually it takes around 48 hours to 1 week
User :   okay
Doctor :  
but there are subjective differences in the same
Doctor :  
and hence should correlate accordingly
User :   is the c reactive protein test more accurate than the calcium scoring test?
Doctor :   Both are different entities

User :   in testing for coronary artery disease?
Doctor :  
both being raised does give a positive direction towards inflammatory process in the coronary artery
User :   I really don't want to take the statins or aspirin anymore. I was fine before I took the test.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
But you should not decide it on your own
Doctor :  
I recommend a second opinion again and act accordingly
User :   But, I have to respect the doctor... however, i'm learning that statins are controverial
Doctor :   But they do not have any serious side effects

Doctor :   When did you start statins?

User :   I will click on the second opinion button. My whole life is turned upside down becasue of the statins... I would say that is pretty serious. I started about 2 months ago
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Did the problems start after you started it?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok

User :   should i click the second opinion button?
Doctor :   Sure

Doctor :  
You can go ahead with it
User :   okay bye... thanks
Doctor :  
for further guidance
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