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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death and disability in adults in the U.S. It develops when lipid (fatty) plaques builds up in the arteries. Eventually, the plaque can occlude the artery, thereby stopping blood flow to the organ supplied by that artery. If the artery supplies the heart, blockage causes a heart attack. If the blockage is in a brain vessel, the ...Read more


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Can you get coronary artery disease from drugs?

Can you get coronary artery disease from drugs?

Yes: "drugs" is a vague term but if you mean recreational drugs then yes. Marijuana is as bad if not worse than cigarettes. No filter, held for extended time in lungs, and often contains unknown contaminants.So if smoking is a known risk factor....Cocaine tends to cause intense coronary artery vasospasm.This can damage the endothelium and allow cholesterol to deposit in the vessels. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get coronary artery disease, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get coronary artery disease, or is it unusual?

Common: Unless you die from an accident or truma, if you die of natural causes, the most common cause of death are cardiac event or stroke or cancer. Heart attacks and strokes are secondary to arteriosclerosis. Dying during sleep when you are 100 y/o still a cardiac event or a stroke. Of about 3000 autopsies done on young soldiers, approx. 20% already showed signs of early arteriosclerosis. ...Read more

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Could I have gotten coronary artery disease from an error? I get nervous about it

No: CAD does not occur overnight. Multiple factors enter into its development. I recommend watching diet, exercise, control blood pressure and diabetes, stop smoking. Stress control does help as well, but won't cause CAD by itself. ...Read more

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Can someone get coronary artery disease after a transplant?

Can someone get coronary artery disease after a transplant?

Yes: And this is a manifestation of "chronic rejection". Modification of immunologic responses is a challenge as each patient is unique. ...Read more

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Can someone get coronary artery disease without hypertension?

Can someone get coronary artery disease without hypertension?

Absolutely: Blood pressure can be quite variable. Hypertension does strain the muscle to pump, but does not directly cause the coronary blockage in most cases dissection, LVH and some other complications are problems. ...Read more

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Why do people get hypertension and what is coronary artery disease ?

Why do people get hypertension and what is coronary artery disease ?

Still CAD: Coronary artery disease is when cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries. Hypertension is simply one of the risk factors. Just like diabetes, smoking, age, gender, postmenopausal, etc.You dont need all of them to have cad. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Will I get this disease when i'm older?

My father was diagnosed with coronary artery disease.  Will I get this disease when i'm older?

Not necessarily: Lucklily genes are just one part of us. Environment also makes a difference. My father also had heart disease. I know that I have an increased genetic risk of similar problems so i work at taking care of myself. I suggest you focus on modifying your risk factors by maintaining a healthy weight by following a good diet and exercise. I suggest having your cholesterol checked on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can I get coronary artery disease from a heart panic attack on ecstasy?

Can I get coronary artery disease from a heart panic attack on ecstasy?

Frought with danger: Acute use of ecstasy can lead to anxiety, paranoia, irritabilty. Too much ecstasy can cause heart attack, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, stroke, be toxic to the heart, angina pectoris & destruction of blood vessels just to mention a few things. Use of ectasy is frought with danger and can lead to death. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more