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What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
Angina: At early stages it may not cause symptoms. Once blockages become more significant, chest pain and/or shortness of breath occur, usually worse with act... Read More
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
There are many: Some people have chest pain, some do not. Some never have a heart attack, others drop dead. Classic symptoms include chest pain and shortness of bre... Read More

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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Chest pain: The main symptom would be chest pain especially that occuring on exertion. Most of the other signs and symptoms are related to complications of the di... Read More
Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 52 years experience
Sometimes none: Coronary disease may have no symptoms until a heart attack occurs. The most common symptom is chest tightness, felt under the breastbone, though it ma... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Fatty plaque buildup in the walls of coronary arteries that result in decreased flow of blood to the muscle of your heart is coronary artery disease.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Cholesterol plaquing: Cholesterol plaquing of the coronary arteries.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Atherosclerosis: CAD=atherosclerosis (known to start ~age 7), an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of the arteries. Arteries enlarge (protects blood flow ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
EAT: Epicardial adipose tissue (eat) which is vat (visceral adipose tissue) on the surface of the heart. Everywhere there is eat, there will be blockage i... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Sort of: Yes it runs in families so if your parents have it you are more likely to also. This is partly because risk factors such as diabetes are also inherite... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Certainly: Evaluation by a primary care & cardiologist, reduce weight - BMI < 28, eat right: low fat, low (bad) cholesterol, consider high quality fish oil, cess... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes if on high dose statins for years it is possible to stabilize and slightly improve.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Not Really: Coronary artery disease, also referred to as CAD or cvd, can be controlled or ameliorated with diet, exercise, cessation of smoking, moderation of al... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple causes: High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, genetics, cholesterol, are among the multitude of causes noted.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dipesh Pokharel
Cardiology 17 years experience
Yes: With explosion of obesity in children, early coronary plaque is possible by their 18th birthday.

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