What does a finding of extensive calcification of the coronary artery mean?

This came as the result of a CT scan for something else

3 Responses to “What does a finding of extensive calcification of the coronary artery mean?”

  1. N Says:

    Note to mileyrae: you need to review your anatomy, the coronary arteries provide blood to the heart. You are thinking of the carotid arteries which are in the neck.

  2. flazatty Says:

    I presume that the "finding of extensive calcification of the coronary artery" was made by your doctor, after he or she analyzed the CT scan. If anyone made such a finding about me, I would ask the person to explain! I suggest you ask your doctor.

    Note to Mileyrae and N:

    I am in general agreement with N, except that I thought arteries carry blood AWAY from the heart, not to the heart. Veins bring the blood back.

  3. mileyrae_82 Says:

    That is the finding of a build up of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. These are the arteries that run along either side of your neck and are responsible for taking blood to the brain. This means that you have a large build up of plaque in these arteries that is causing the blood flow to the brain to be deminished. This is very dangerous because it can cause a stroke or other major problems. The doctor will probably go through and try to open these arteries up with a stint.