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What causes coronary artery disease?

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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 in the coronary artery underneath it.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Cholesterol: Most, but not all, coronary artery disease he is due to cholesterol buildup within the walls of the coronary arteries in the heart.
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
CAD: Inflammatory changes first involving the intima and then the deeper layers of the blood vessel wall.

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What are common causes of coronary artery disease?

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Here are some causes: Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, family history, old age are the most common causes.
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How will fat cause coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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LDL Cholesterol: More specifically, LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol gets deposited within the walls of the arteries. These deposits, known as plaque, can continue to build up causing narrowing of the arteries and may lead to blockage. If the involved arteries are in the coronary arteries, this leads to heart disease.
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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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