Extremely high calcium score 1400
My husband, 51, has a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and has been taking medication for diabetes and high cholesterol. He requested a ct angiogram and calcium score, to get an idea of how healthy his heart is. Well, he was shocked to be told 2 days ago that he has extensive heart disease, multiple blockages and a calcium score of 1400, which we are aware is extremely high. In the past he has had borderline high bp, high cholesterol and high sugar, all of which now seems to be under control. He also had iron overload, which has come down to around 350 - from 1100.
The gp sent the test results to a cardiologist, assuming that he would need angioplasty, but the cardiologist said no, and has ordered a stress test which he is doing tomorow, before anything invasive.
My concern is that with such a high calcium score, even if his result comes back from the stress test ok, isn't he in an extremely risky position? I don't understand why they aren't doing further tests to see how much of a blockage is evident - apparently with such a high calcium result, it distorts the images for the angiogram. What if he has heart attack in the meantime?
The doctor said if his stress test is alright, they will aggressively treat the diabetes and cholesterol. I'm assuming that means drugs, diet and exercise. My husband is so stressed and worried, as I am, and we are both very frightened. We have 5 children, young children, and I am worried for our future.
Has anyone had a similar experience and is willing to share? Thank you.