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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Same thing: These are three names for the same disorder.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
All related: Ischemic heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease. Some people call coronary artery disease coronary heart disease. When a coronary artery closes up, the heart tissie it supplied may die and that is called a heart attack. The dead heart tissue scars down, when there is a lot of damaged tissue the heart may start failing and that is called ischemic heart disease.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Same: Basically similar names for the same problem. Each discribes a problem with the circulation of the heart the cornary arteries.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between coronary artery disease and ischemic heart disease?

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Dr. Dipesh Pokharel
Cardiology 17 years experience
Cause and result: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is presence of cholesterol plaque on arteries supplying the heart. If arteries are not blocked completely by the plaque, then the heart function can be normal. In this cause it is only coronary artery disease. If the heart muscle is damaged by blocked arteries and the heart function is compromised, it is called ischemic heart disease (ihd). CAD is the cause of ihd.
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How could they affect coronary artery disease or ischemic heart disease ?

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Dr. Robert Henson
Cardiology 32 years experience
Medical therapy: if one has a tendancy for vascular disease - coronary artery disease being one area we are concerned about - then we have a reasonable set of recommendations to minimize disease progression, and even cause regression. These recs include: optimal weight, daily exercise, low fat/veg/mediterranean diets, lipid Rx, aspirin. other medicines like beta blockers or acei inhibitors can be helpful

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