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Who is responsible for naming coronary artery disease?

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 32 years experience
Founding fathers -: Well -- the knowledge of coronary artery disease has evolved tremendously in the past 100 years -- and each new finding is attributed and probably named by the clinician or scientist whose works is recognized by the clinical/scientific community at the time.
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Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
The cardiologist: I assume you mean who generally makes the diagnosis. The internist or primary care may also make the diagnosis via ekg or stress test. The diffinitive diagnosis of CAD as far as what arteries are involved and how severely they are narrowed is achieved by cardiac catheterization (dye into the arteries) which is performed by a cardiologist. Some are now using ct scan but the accuracy remains in ?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Giovanni Morgagni?: Giovanni morgagni is generally considered the father of anatomical pathology -- and may have been first to name the blood vessels around the heart, "coronary." they sit like a "crown" (latin: "coronarius") upon the heart. Morgagni also described "hardening" of these arteries. Many others, of course, have also contributed to the development of these ideas.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Good to know. (: Heidi
Jun 24, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Leonardo DaVinci may or may not have described coronary atherosclerosis before Morgagni, but the latter deserves credit. Morgagni's descriptions of hardening of the coronary arteries sound as real today as ever. He autopsied kings and beggars, popes and laborers, and just as today, the impact of lifestyle on coronary risk stands out in his series.
Jan 5, 2014

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