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Can 50 Percent Blockage Of Artery Cause Heart Attack
How much blockage in artery or arteries can cause a heart attack. Also does blockage come from plaque and clot.
Blockage is 100%: to suffer an injury the artery must get closed off for a period of time. Talks about percent stenosis (narrowing) reflect how much of the native artery remains open for flow, that number also gives an estimate about how possible it would be for a small clot to come along and plug up that vessel. The usual way the "door slams shut" is when a clot floats in and finishes making a blockage. ...Read more
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
About 20% over 10y: If you have ever had a heart attack before, and you are not having major heart symptoms now, then your risk for a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 yrs is about 20%. Taking 40-80 mg of atorvastatin daily would decrease risk to about 10%. Visit my website, http://CardioGauge.com for info about calculating risk for heart attack and stroke. Good luck! ...Read more
What are my chances of having artery blockage or a heart attack after a normal nuclear stress test?
Very small : A myocardial perfusion scan done in good hands and at a good workload, i.e. Achieved > 85% max predicted heart rate that is normal bodes well for u. Typically if totally normal, your risk of an adverse cardiovascular outcome is less than 1% over next 3 years. At your young age, you ought not to get another nuclear scan if no symptoms, but rather focus on a heart heathy lifestyle. Mediterraneandiet ...Read more
Proactive care: Big topic. Briefly: maintain healthy weight, exercise regularly, eat healthy diet, don't use tobacco, limit alcohol consumption, manage stress, have regular physicals with a physician focused on proactive care. Eval generally looks for high blood pressure, diabetes/pre-diabetes/insulin resistance, cholesterol panel. More advanced "cholesterol" testing is available and better at predicting risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I ride a roller coaster 3 years after having a heart attack due to blockage of the right coronary artery and getting stents implanted?
Enjoy ride: Hope you are not doing the tallest and fastest roller coaster. ...Read more
I had a major heart attack in aug 2012 with 100 percent blockage in LAD and one stent is inserted please give precaution?
I had a heart attack last week. The ECG was clear. Angiogram showed healthy arteries with no blockages. Bloodtest=0.40 of troponin.What caused it?
Can a heart attack to occur resulting from a cause other than plaque build up in the heart arteries (e.G., muscular compression of arteries)?
I had a heart attack at 34, they performed a heart cath & placed a stent for a 90% blockage.What could cause this at my age?What should I do about it?
Heart attack: The causes are the same regardless of your age. Strong family history, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol & smoking and obesity. Now you need to control these risk factors to prevent futher progression. Exercise, eat healthy, stop smoking if you do and take all your medications regularly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more