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If your doctor sees calcium, he knows you have heart disease

Physicians have long recognized that factors including weight, age, lifestyle and cholesterol levels can affect patients' risk of heart disease. But as narrator Gillian Anderson repeats several times in the new documentary " The Widowmaker," about 4 million Americans with no symptoms and none of the common risk factors have died of unanticipated heart attacks in the past three decades.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

What kills you is the soft vulnerable plaques that can’t be seen. When they rupture due to increased inflammation, you usually die.  A calcified plaque is actually quite stable toward rupture. Calcified plaques are a sign of past heart disease; soft vulnerable plaques are sign of current ongoing heart disease.

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