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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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Does obstructive sleep apnea affect heart function or Atherosclerosis in the arteries ? In which way is it a risk factor for heart disease ? Thanks doctors

Does obstructive sleep apnea affect heart function or Atherosclerosis in the arteries ? In which way is it a risk factor for heart disease ? Thanks doctors

Yes: Sleep apnea is one of common condition contributing high blood presssure , heart condition ... due to frequentcepisides of apnea(" not breathing") there is lack of oxygen delivery to vital organs as brain , heart.Result is malaise, High blood preassure ... it it self can put straun on heart muscle and lead to heart failure. See MD for sleep study and exam . ...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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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more