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Can 50 Percent Blockage Of Artery Cause Heart Attack
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
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
Yes but uncommon: Although uncommon, it is usually due to a congenital cause (conditions that one is born with). Classic atherosclerotic plaque is unlikely unless the patient has a severe form of family hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes, heavy smoker, Cocaine user, etc. Abnormal position of the coronary arteries is a rare but potential lethal cause of a heart attack. ...Read more
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)?
Aneurysm or high risk of heart attack or stroke cause taste of blood in throat?myocardial infraction, inflamed plaque,head pain,chest pain-symptoms!?
Causative: Coronary artetiosclerosis leads to plaque buildup which in turn eventually causes a stenosis in the coronary. Acute plaque thorombosis leads to acute coronary closure with the obvious myocardial ischemic necrosis. Emergency coronary revascularization within minutes of the occlusion re establishes blood flow and rescues the heart muscle that has not perished.Heart muscle that dies is gone for good. ...Read more
Why are people with peripheral artery disease(legs) at greater risk of heart attack and stroke than someone with coronary artery disease(heart)?
Generalization: Peripheral vascular disease is often a marker for someone who has vascular disease throughout their body, usually due to smoking, genetics, and diet issues, to name a few causes. As such they are at high risk for symptoms in the other critical vascular beds in the body like the heart and brain. ...Read more
By decreasing oxygen: The heart muscle depends on oxygen supplied by the coronary arteries to effectively function. When the artery is narrowed it can decrease the supply of oxygen and decrease the force of the muscle contraction. The stroke volume is a measure of how much blood the heart forces out with each beat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recent angiogram diagnose was:non obstructive coronary artery disease, how high is my risk to suffer a heart attack?
There is: disagreement about the risk factors associated with "non-obstructive" coronary DISEASE (ABNORMAL coronary arteries but without significant OBSTRUCTIVE lesions on ARTERIOGRAPHY/ANGIOGRAPHY Best practice is to use all the "tools" to prevent cor- onary events as patients with OBSTRUCTIVE disease... Smoking cessation, graded excercise, Cholesterol lowering etc etc Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Suffered heart attack in 2006. Was 28. Stent in artery. Lost 15% of heart muscle. What is the average life span of a stent?
Multiple ways: Coronary artery disease can cause symptoms, heart damage, or death. Symptoms include chest pain or shortness of breath. Heart damage is typically do to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Death can be due to heart failure, heart attack, or lethal arrhythmia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is coronary artery disease, or full plaque build up of arteries in heart possible with someone with normal overall cholesterol (170) & not diabetic?
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
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