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Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes if on high dose statins for years it is possible to stabilize and slightly improve.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Possibly in mildest: Stages by aggressive lifestyle modification including aggressive lowering of ldl. But once more significant atherosclerosis is present it is generally there for good. So exercise, don't smoke change your diet & get appropriate screening with your physician.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to reverse coronary artery disease through diet?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Will help but...: Atherosclerosis is a complex process and no single etiology or risk factor is to blame.I have quite a few pts with vegan diets that have had CAD and have been stented. I had a pt that runs marathons and is a vegetarian, that just had a heart attack and i placed a emergent stent. Thats not to say you shouldnt eat right , just can't rely on one thing. Medicines are usually needed/.
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A 44-year-old female asked:

What is nonobstructive coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Diana Metzger
Cardiology 30 years experience
Heart disease: Non obstructive implies that there are changes seen from cholesterol deposits in the arteries, however, not sufficient enough to require stenting. Take action in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, stop smoking, control diabetes, exercise, lose weight, before it becomes obstructive.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Imaging: There are many imaging modalities that investigate the degree to which the coronaries are diseased. Most adults have a degree of coronary artery disease; the question is the severity. The best means of detection of the severity of coronary artery disease is a functional test such as stress test combined with imaging. The imaging can be nuclear, echo, mri, and pet.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Several test.: There are several tests for coronary artery disease. A thorough history and physical exam, ekg, ct scan, nuclear studies are all helpful but the best test is a cardiac catheterization. The cardiologist will place a small catheter through a groin vessel up to the heart and inject a special dye into the coronary arteries. The pictures will show if there are any blockages or not.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Can children have coronary artery disease?

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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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