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what is the function of ventricles and coronary arteries?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Heart pump and lube: Ventricles deliver blood to the lungs and rest of your body. Coronaries are the heart vessels that supply oxygen to the heart.
Dr. Ibrahim Moussa
Cardiology 18 years experience
Pumping blood: The heart is a pump, there are 2 chamber (atria) on the top and 2 on the bottom (ventricles), the atria and ventricles are separated by valves, in order for the blood to circulate in the body, the heart pumps the blood from the atria to the ventricle which in turn squeezes to send it to the body and lung. The coronaries supply the heart muscle itself with blood to keep the pump runing.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Risk: An individuals risk of coronary artery disease increases significantly when he or she has a first degree relative with cad, particularly if the relative was diagnosed before age 50-60. So yes it is hereditary to some degree. A more important and correctable risk factor, however, is smoking tobacco. If you do have a family history of cad, you should not smoke.
A 21-year-old member asked:

My dad died of coronary vascular (artery) disease, am I more likely to get it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Somwhat: Coronary artery atherosclerosis is such a common cause of death that that everyone should consider themselves at a high baseline risk. There's a slight genetic risk, but even so, lifestyle and to a lesser extent medication goes very far in preventing this regardless of you heredity. Good luck.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Surgery or stents: For blockages serious enough to require treatment, there are two options. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgery where the arteries are opened sugically and cleaned out. For some people, stenting is an option. Similar to heart stents, a small tube is inserted like an IV and a small metal coil is released in the area of the blockage, thereby holding the vessel open.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is it that my carotid artery might hurt and how do I fix it?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Carotid Pain: Carotid artery pain is also called carotodynia. This is caused by inflammation of the arterial bulb, where the internal and external arteries divide from the common carotid artery. I recommend large doses of nsaids, such as Ibuprofen 800 mg three times / day for fourteen days. Prednisone is also generally very effective, but is used only if nsaids don't work. See your primary care healthcare provi.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication , including death.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
And well worth the risk. I'm old enough to remember when angina would take a person out of productive life altogether, to spend years with severe disability.
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