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What are ways to prevent aortic vascular calcification?

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Ways to prevent aortic vascular calcification include the use of bisphosphonates, phosphate binders and thiosulfate therapy. Additionally, increasing vitamin K intake and limiting calcium circulation averts calcification, according to O'Neill and Lomashvili for Kidney International.

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Aortic calcification has a close link to osteoporosis or bone mass loss. Alterations in calcium concentration affect calcification of the aorta. The use of bisphosphonates, medications to avert bone loss, indirectly averts vascular calcification by inhibiting bone resorption, which prevents calcium from flowing out of the bones or by interacting with vascular cells in the body, notes O'Neill and Lomashvili.

The level of calcification depends on the concentration of phosphates and calcium in the body. By taking calcium-free phosphate binders, which are medications that limit the absorption of phosphorous from meals and the circulation of calcium, a person lowers the risk of vascular calcification, explains WebMD.

Thiosulfate therapy, which involves the use inorganic compounds to prevent kidney stones, facilitates the treatment of aortic calcification as it is linked with patients suffering from kidney failure, notes O'Neill and Lomashvili. Dietary vitamin K contains a vascular calcification inhibitor that works by blocking the action of blood thinners, such as warfarin, that contribute to calcification. Take vitamin K supplements in case of deficiency to avert the risk of aortic calcification.

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