Thank you ru442, Stavia, Frank, and Katie. I'm grateful for your replies. I've come to see quite clearly today that I don't have peace of mind about my coronary artery disease, and I believe it's in my best interest to seek it. Most of me believes I will find peace of mind because any test results will show I'm fine. But there's that part of me that worries.
I don't believe I'd need to go as far as an angiogram for peace of mind; that does sound risky and not where I need to go, at least at this point. I've been concerned that a cardiologist would try to convince me to do that test, so I've been avoiding seeing one. But now I feel reassured that's not likely to happen, but if it does, I can say No.
I haven't yet looked into the stress echocardiogram, but the stress echo sounds reasonable to me. But if I could find a clinic that uses the EBCT scanner, I would probably go that route. Last year, I looked around online and couldn't find anything within driving distance. But I think I'll need to get on the phone and make some calls to find out for sure.
So I'll give this more thought, do some research, and talk to my PCP next month. If he could (highly) recommend a cardiologist in the area, that would help. I can also ask my neighbors. I know of a local cardiologist who determines calcium scores with a CAT scan.
Thallium is the material used, huh? Interestingly, when I had my Doctor's Data Toxic Metals urine test, the only metal that was above the reference range was thallium. I've previously had scans done for various reasons, but I don't know what material was used. Now I'm wondering if it was thallium.
Anyway, thanks so much, gang! I feel like all of you have my back, and I really appreciate it. And Frank, I really get now how individualistic it is to find that peace of mind. It is fascinating that two of those people you mentioned who had angiograms for peace of mind were in the medical field. They probably "saw it all" and didn't want to be that rare case that was somehow missed by less invasive testing. I'm looking forward to your post about the Healthy diet, whenever you can squeeze in the time.
ApoE 4/4 - When I was in 7th grade, my fellow students in history class called me "The Brain" because I had such a memory for detail. I excelled at memorization and aced tests. This childhood memory helps me cope!