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A 22-year-old member asked:

What tests are used to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Invasive and non: Coronary blockage is defined as enough narrowing to cause symptoms, or to show up on a stress test. Stress tests look for signs of reduced heart muscle oxygen supply (e.g. Ekg changes during exercise, weak heart squeezing on echo, or nuclear perfusion defects). Angiography ("cardiac cath") is invasive, injecting dye into the arteries to image blockages, and stents can be inserted at the same time.
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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 32 years experience
Many tests: With your age -- exercise tolerance test is advisable.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What tests are available to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
Several: If a cardiologist suspects coronary artery blockage the first step will be a very complete history. A nuclear stress test is a common diagnostic test and cardiac ct angiograms are becoming more common. The next step is usually a diagnostic cardiac catheterizaiton. Also since approximately 80% of coronary artery disease, cad, patients have peripheral vascular disease, pvd, that will need eval to.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can coronary artery blockage be diagnosed by alternative medical practitioners?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Not easy: Even with state of the art technology at large cardiac centers its not 100%. Even with catheterization, ct scans etc its still not clear which plaque is vulnerable and could cause a future event. Alternative drs and homeopathic medications may have its place, but for a life threatening condition such as this i would stick to traditional investigations and treatment.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of coronary artery blockage?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Several: There are a number of risk factors that lead to plaque in the coronary arteries which is the reason for the blockage. Some of these are smoking, high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, an abnormally high cholesterol, lack of exercise, and obesity. There are also hereditary factors.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are some of the consequences of coronary artery blockage?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Chest pain: There may be no symptoms but if the blockage is severe enough, chest pain, especially on exertion, can occur. Also heart attack or even sudden death. Therefore, good to see your doctor and be advised of your risk factors and ways to prevent coronary artery blockage.
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