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What is the difference between an atherosclerosis and ischaemic heart disease?

What is the difference between an atherosclerosis and ischaemic heart disease?

General vs in heart: Atherosclerosis means "hardening [or calcification] of the arteries." cholesterol makes "plaque" that often calcifies. When large enough it can cause a decrease in blood flow through the artery, or "ischemia." it can occur in any artery, but when it happens in the arteries of the heart, it is known as 'ischemic heart disease' or atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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What are the differences between an atheroma, atherosclerosis, and ischemic heart disease?

What are the differences between an atheroma, atherosclerosis, and ischemic heart disease?

Definitions: Atherosclerosis descrinbes the pathological process involving the arteries anywhere in the body whereby plaques (usually consisting of inflammatory cells, cholesterol, etc, ) form. An atheroma is one of those plaques. Ischemic heart disease describes a condition whereby heart muscle is not recieving adequate oxygen. This is most commonly from atheromas in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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How are an atheroma, atherosclerosis and ischaemic heart disease different?

How are an atheroma, atherosclerosis and ischaemic heart disease different?

Definitions : An atheroma is a collection of cholesterol and fatty deposits within the wall of a blood vessel. This causes an inflammatory reaction that your body "attacks" and causes hardening of the wall over time. This hardening is called atherosclerosis. Ischemic heart disease is a general term for the variety of conditions that cause poor flow to the heart and their associated symptoms. ...Read more

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What does the current literature say about saturated fats? Is there evidence that consumption of saturated fats causes heart disease/atherosclerosis?

What does the current literature say about saturated fats? Is there evidence that consumption of saturated fats causes heart disease/atherosclerosis?

Dietary fat, & heart: One succinct summary (UpToDate) of the current literature (as of Oct 2014): 1. Saturated (animal) and monounsaturated fats have unknown effects on heart disease. 2. trans fats (particularly high in hydrogenated vegetable oils/solid margarine) contribute to heart disease. 3. Omega-3 and possibly omega-6 polyunsaturated fats protect against heart disease. (canola&olive oil, nuts/seeds) ...Read more

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Slight bruit over the left femoral artery may be indicative of atherosclerosis. Why this is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease?

Slight bruit over the left femoral artery may be indicative of atherosclerosis. Why this is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease?

May not be.: Bruits, noise, over a blood vessel, has several causes. A common one is plaque build up and narrowing that produces turbulent flow and noise. The presence of plaque anywhere is a sign of atherosclerosis. Ischemic heart disease is related to coronary plaque buildup. ...Read more

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46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed severe heart disease in fam?

46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis  do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed  severe heart disease in fam?

Get angiogram: If you have aortoiliac iliac disease an angiogram will help define the anatomy.stent are very effective in this location and are really the first line treatment. At age 46 with family history , modification of diet and life style are very important. No smoking! Cardiac evaluation with stress test with be added to your work up almost certainly. ...Read more

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No symptoms. Healthy. Heart disease in family. Had CT heart scan to calc my calcium score of 83. Thoracic aorta ascending aorta was 3.8 cm, atherosclerosis . What does that mean? Age 50, 162lbs, BP 130/80, male, 6-1 height. No meds. Aspirin daily

No symptoms.  Healthy. Heart disease in family. Had CT heart scan to calc my calcium score of 83.  Thoracic aorta ascending aorta was 3.8 cm, atherosclerosis .  What does that mean? Age 50, 162lbs, BP 130/80, male, 6-1 height. No meds.  Aspirin daily

Coronary calcium: Normal coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Therefore your mild to moderate score could indicate coronary artery blockage of uncertain degree. In view of your family history , I recommend that you undergo a maximal treadmill stress test (echo or nuclear)for further screening for significant coronary artery blockage and consideration for intensive statin therapy and Cardiology consultation. ...Read more

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Is heart disease hereditory?

Is heart disease hereditory?

Yes: Atheroscerotic heart disease is inherited. It is a signigicant risk factor for offspring of heartattack pts. ...Read more

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Are there cures for heart disease?

Are there cures for heart disease?

Heart disease: There are treatments for most forms of heart disease. True cures for heart diseases are uncommon. When a septal defect is closed leaving normal hemodynamics a relative cure is obtained. For most other heart problems a true cure is rare. ...Read more

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What are the signs of heart disease?

What are the signs of heart disease?

Signs of heart dis.: Signs of heart disease can be many. And the signs can be similar to other conditions. Some of the possible warning signs are: chest pain or discomfort often radiating to the neck, teeth, or both arms or back, shortness of breath especially on effort, fluid retention with swelling of the ankles, palpitations, irregular heart rhythm, high blood pressure, black out spells, profuse sweating. ...Read more

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What is an infiltrated heart disease?

What is an infiltrated heart disease?

Infiltrative: An infiltrative heart disease is one like hemochromatosis or sarcoidosis that causing deposition of certain particles in the heart. It can ultimately lead heart failure or even a conduction system disturbance. ...Read more

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What are the effects of heart disease?

What are the effects of heart disease?

Can be as little: As nothing as bad as death with everything in between. ...Read more

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What are the triggers of heart disease?

What are the triggers of heart disease?

Inner Tigger: Heart disease triggers: high blood pressure, poor diet, not exercising, smoking, possibly stress. How can we feel better [for our heart and for our whole body]? Eat well (whole grains, fruits and veggies). Get moving 30-60 minutes every day. Don't smoke. Balance work/play in your life. Make friends. Smile. Channel your inner tigger [not eeyore]. ...Read more

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In regards to heart disease, what is an EPS?

In regards to heart disease, what is an EPS?

EPS: EPS usually stands for electrophysiologic study, a study in which heart rhythm specialists put catheters in the heart to study the electrical system. ...Read more

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What is meant by arteriosclerotic heart disease?

What is meant by arteriosclerotic heart disease?

Atherosclerotic dis.: Atherosclerotic heart disease is caused by the hardening and restriction of blood flow through the coronary artery anatomy of the heart, associated with the changes in the artery by the buildup of placque and atheroma fatty deposits in the walls of the artery. The changes in the effected artery cause various diseases of the heart, e.g. Blockage of an artery can cause a heart attack. ...Read more

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Is heart disease fatal?

Is heart disease fatal?

Yes/No: Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death world wide. Not everyone who gets heart disease will die from it however. ...Read more

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Chd=conjestive heart disease?

Chd=conjestive heart disease?

NO: Chd: congential heart disease or coronary heart disease, depending on specialty and context. ...Read more

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Is heart disease always fatal?

Is heart disease always fatal?

No: Heart disease a very broad term, referring to every possible abnormality in the heart. Certain heart disease can be fatal. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more