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Can coronary artery disease be treated?

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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, cessation of smoking, exercise (if you are healthy enough per your physician), reduce alcohol consumption, take prescribed medications as directed. Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and work with your physician to optimize them.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends on: One's understanding of the word "treated". If one means "cured", the answer is no. If one means "prevented", then not totally. Currently, treatment modalities are medical and procedure-based. Medical rx relies in control of diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and smoking; includes Aspirin and/or plavix (clopidogrel). Procedure-based rx can be plasty/stent or bypass.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Multiple ways: From an angioplasty to a cardiac bypass. Modifying your risk factors are best, stopping smoking, lowering your cholesterol, losing weight, etc.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Minimize the Drivers: Optimize lipoprotein concentrations (ldl ; hdl, not cholesterol), low normal blood glucose: hba1c &lt;5.0, low normal bp, don&#x27;t smoke, stay physically active, confront and resolve stress, etc. This is the best approach. Conventional medical methods , angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery, etc. Only partially treat the symptoms ; further complicate the disease process (i have experience will all these).
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
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What might be optimal LDL & Large-HDL concentrations? For all clients I see, the goal I have people aim for & achieve is <700 nmol/L. For those with advanced CVDs: <400 nmol/L. For Large-HDL (the 2 largest species of HDL - removing fats from the macrophages in artery wall plaque so they do not die in place & add to the problem),at least >9 μmol/L. Requires a variety of strategies, including HFLC.
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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.
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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.
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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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is an abbreviation for coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
CAD: CAD is the abbreviation for coronary artery disease. The coronaries are abbreviated as follows;lad-left anterior descending, om-obtuse marginal, diag-diagonal, rca-right coronary artery, lm-left main, cx-circumflex, ramus-ramus intermedius, pda-posterior descending artery the word coronary comes from corona or crown. If the heart muscle is removed from the heart, the arteries look like a"corona".

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