Mila Veledar, 61, walks her dog Pasha near her Miami home. Veledar learned she had high cholesterol 10 years ago. She started taking statins, which reduced her cholesterol, but raised her liver enzymes. In 2014, she underwent a coronary calcium scan, which looks for calcium deposits in the arteries, and is a predictor of heart disease. Because she had no calcium deposits, her doctor took her off statins.
Mila Veledar, 61, walks her dog Pasha near her Miami home. Veledar learned she had high cholesterol 10 years ago. She started taking statins, which reduced her cholesterol, but raised her liver enzymes. In 2014, she underwent a coronary calcium scan, which looks for calcium deposits in the arteries, and is a predictor of heart disease. Because she had no calcium deposits, her doctor took her off statins. PATRICK FARRELL
Mila Veledar, 61, walks her dog Pasha near her Miami home. Veledar learned she had high cholesterol 10 years ago. She started taking statins, which reduced her cholesterol, but raised her liver enzymes. In 2014, she underwent a coronary calcium scan, which looks for calcium deposits in the arteries, and is a predictor of heart disease. Because she had no calcium deposits, her doctor took her off statins. PATRICK FARRELL

Testing for calcium in the arteries can help predict heart disease

February 26, 2016 4:44 PM