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who would need atherectomy for coronary artery disease (cad)?

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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Uncommon situation.: Atherectomy means removal of the atheroma, that is, of the plaque that is causing the blockage of the artery. This particular procedure is rarely performed during coronary bypass surgery and involves removal of plaque from the right coronary artery.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

My father was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Will I get this disease when i'm older?

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Dr. John Thoppil
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not necessarily: Lucklily genes are just one part of us. Environment also makes a difference. My father also had heart disease. I know that I have an increased genetic risk of similar problems so i work at taking care of myself. I suggest you focus on modifying your risk factors by maintaining a healthy weight by following a good diet and exercise. I suggest having your cholesterol checked on a regular basis.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
In addition to Dr. Thoppil's suggestions, check your blood pressure regularly. Your 'numbers': cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, waist measurement (and blood sugar) are all good indicators of your risk of heart disease.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What genes play an important role in coronary vascular (artery) disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Genes play a role: Researchers are currently trying to identify genes that increase one's risk for getting artery disease and heart attacks. By looking at families who have several generations with such diseases, researchers have found certain genes are involved. Some genes cause cholesterol levels to stay high. The challenge now is to figure out how each of the identified genes leads to artery disease and blockage.
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Do you know the data sheet for examination of a patient of carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Yes: There is a risk of devastating stroke. See your doctor asap.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is carotid artery stenosis diagnosed?

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Dr. DAVID AMOS
Family Medicine 51 years experience
Carotid stenosis: Presence of carotid bruit and carotid ultrasound.
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What causes carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 39 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol.

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