People who have coronary heart disease will be found a pile of blood vessels clogged by plaque. One of the components in this plaque is calcium. Then appeared the assumption that if a lot of calcium circulating in the blood, it can trigger this disease. Is the assumption correct?
Apparently, the blockage in the coronary heart cases not related to the amount of calcium in the blood. dr. Adil C Raja Siregar, SpJP, an interventional cardiologist at Bethsaida Hospitals, explained that the blockage is actually first triggered by the amount of fatty plaque. Without the fatty plaques, then calcium is not involved in the pile plaque.
“One might ask if it’s too much to drink calcium milk, whether the coroner could be blocked? Well, it’s nothing to do. If there are no plaques of fat, no matter how much calcium in the blood or body there will be no blockage,” said dr. Raja.
Initially, there is an accumulation of fatty plaques of cholesterol in blood vessels. The heap is appearing due to damage from blood vessel walls or endothelial. The trigger many, such as stress, hypertension, the inclusion of nicotine, and other pollution. Once the fat starts to accumulate and then going on the mechanism of “calling” calcium. This substance is used so that a layer of fat that wraps pile is not broken. It is similar forms of acne which have a thin layer, so it is not easy out.
“Calcium will be taken from anywhere, if not in blood, the body can call the calcium from the bones and other body parts,” he said.
The accumulation of plaque occurs in the long period up to years. A person usually does not get the symptoms until it finds a state that plaque already severe, like really almost or already clog the bloodstream. At that time, people who experienced it can experience a coronary heart attack and stroke.
“Therefore, a person needs to do an early examination due to coronary heart disease is a silent killer. Examination of calcium scoring is very useful to detect blockages in the coronary arteries of the heart because it checks directly into the coronary anatomy,” said dr. Raja.