Breast Calcification and Coronary Artery Disease - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Breast Calcification and Coronary Artery Disease

September 19, 2018

This Medscape article “Breast Arterial Calcification Linked to CAD Risk in Women” reports on a study that recommends the use of mammograms to screen for coronary artery disease. The authors say that calcification in breast arteries is an incidental finding on mammography but can serve as a risk marker for heart disease before symptoms appear. They remark that “a women-specific risk marker for CAD is particularly pressing as mortality rates from the disease decline in men but remain unchanged in women.”

They also found that low bone mass and progression to osteopenia and osteoporosis were also associated with coronary artery calcification and coronary atherosclerotic plaque.

Theorizing about why breast arterial calcification is linked to CAD, one author noted that some studies have pointed to the calcification playing a role in vascular stiffness. But, as with every other magnesium deficiency condition they admit that “Exactly why breast arterial calcification signifies an increased cardiovascular risk is not well understood. It may simply represent long-term exposure to known cardiovascular risk factors, or it may be indicative of medial calcification in other vascular beds.”

If they took the time or trouble to delve deeper they would eventually come up with magnesium deficiency. Calcium builds up in tissues due to calcium supplements and excess dairy products and magnesium deficiency means calcium falls out of solution and precipitates in soft tissue.

Instead they just go for the easiest explanation that “calcification is known to increase vascular stiffness and likely explains the associations of breast arterial calcification with heart failure, in addition to coronary heart disease and stroke.”

There is no mention of treatment for coronary artery calcification, because medically there is none, except surgery. This study is merely to assess screening potential. However, we know that magnesium taken as a supplement in equal amounts to dietary calcium (600mg) can keep calcium in solution and direct it to the bones.

In my Magnesium Miracle (2017) book I note the following:

“It is unfortunate that the treatment for osteoporosis was simplified into the single battle cry “Take Calcium.” Calcium still dominates every discussion about osteoporosis, is used to fortify dozens of foods (including orange juice and cereal), and is a top-selling supplement, but its day in the sun seems to be over. One author, in the late 1990s cited scientific studies that did not support large doses of calcium after menopause with soft tissue calcification as a serious side effect. Since then, a half dozen papers have shown that all that extra calcium is being deposited in soft tissue causing atherosclerosis, gall stones, kidney stones, heel spurs and breast tissue calcification instead of being directed to the bones.”

Also there are:

“Three Things You Need To Know About Magnesium, Osteoporosis, And Kidney Stones

1. Magnesium is just as important as calcium to prevent and treat osteoporosis.

2. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood so it will not form kidney stones or precipitate in soft tissues of the body.

3. Taking calcium for osteoporosis (without magnesium) can promote kidney stones.”

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