Thank you Dr. Carney. It came to mind because I had a calcium score on Saturday and I did that out of pocket. But I totally understand your point and I am not sure whether the CT was a 320-detector row dynamic volume CT or not.
I understand your second point re the damage to the endothelial cells, however; there is evidence that that is reversible. I assume a blocked artery may be a different story :)
Thanks again I appreciate the reply. :)
I sought of strayed from the smoking topic to generalized ED caused from calcium / plaque build-up.
I was just thinking that recovery from a blocked artery may not be possible? If the CT could show the level of calcification e.g. like a calcium score does, the patient could have a realistic understanding of the probability for recovery.
I can attest to the assertion found above. I arrived in the US in 95. I had generally good health and no diabetes and no one in the UK worried about my Cholesterol score. By the late 90's My physician decided that my cholesterol was too high and placed me on 20mg Lipitor, a statin. The main affect being my LDL (so called bad cholesterol) nudged down and my HDL (so called good chorlesterol) dropped significantly. By 2004 my doctor had me on 40mg of lipitor, HDL further down LDL marginally lower. Sometime around this time the "low" goal was moved lower. My doctor responded by increasing my statin to 80mg. On a followup, three-four weeks later, I was diagnosed as diabetic.
I'll never take another Statin!