Q&A: What is “extensive vascular calcium deposits”?

Question: What is “extensive vascular calcium deposits” when shown on X-rays?

Answer: Typically calcific changes refer to the way vessels appear on X-ray. Calcium appears a more whitish hue on x-ray; so if one reads an x-ray and vessels appear less translucent or more white, they will be classified with “calcified changes”. In arteries this can sometimes be an indication of plaque burden in the vessels, and in veins this can sometimes indicate a history of a clot. In the absence of symptoms or family history of vascular issues, it may mean nothing. But if a person is having symptoms or a strong family history of vascular disease, it may be worthwhile having a consultation with your primary provider to evaluate whether consultation with a specialist is warranted.

About Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC

Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.