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A 54-year-old female asked:

how do you tell what plaque type you have without an angiogram?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Need more info: I am not sure about your question. Plaques are usually formed by abnormal accumulation of different versions of cholesterol that are affected by many factors like diabetes, hypertension, smoking, genetics, meds, etc. They cause trouble more based on location and age of the plaque (older can be more stable), as well as these other factors, than by a certain type.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
OnlyGuessCannotTell: Angio = blood, gram = picture; pictures which show a 2d image, still or motion, of dye added into the blood, so that the dye/blood column shows on x-ray. Artery ds: an accumulation of white blood cells, living & dead, within artery walls. Arteries enlarge/not narrow in response to ds. Wall not shown in angiogram images+only larger openings visible. Stenosis due to plaque rupture & clots in opening.

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After an angiogram, how does the dye come out of the body?

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How long does an angiogram take to perform?

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the best position to be in after the angiogram?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Lying down for 6 h: If it is done via an artery in the groin (femoral artery) , then lying down at bed rest for 6 hours after is the safest thing to do.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between angiograms and angioplasties?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Diagnose and fix: The angiogram is a roadmap of the inside of the artery showing where the narrowings and blockages are. The angioplasty is a stretching of the artery at the narrowing to open it up. Angiogram to diagnose first, then fix with the angioplasty.

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