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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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Is coronary heart disease serious?

Is coronary heart disease serious?

Yes.: Coronary heart disease can be serious. However, with modern understanding it can be managed. Drugs like Aspirin can reduce heart attack. Additionally drugs like Plavix (clopidogrel) have been shown to decrease this further. Statin medications can reduce risk for rupture of the plaque which is the precursor step for a sudden heart attack. Additional medications are also helpful in reducing the impact of cad. ...Read more

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Can coronary heart disease be cured?

Can coronary heart disease be cured?

Unknown: Although our ability to treat heart disease has drastically improved from stent technology, to bypass surgery to medications, CAD is rarely "curable." there is some animal data that drugs that raise HDL cetp modifying medications can help "regress" plaque in the coronaries. Preventive measures (primary and secondary) are most important, however. ...Read more

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Is coronary heart disease reversible?

Is coronary heart disease reversible?

Unknwon.: Although there have been suggestive studies that showed coronary plaque regression, most data is focused on plaque stabilization. As long as the plaque is stable and the symptoms controlled, it is not essential that we "revers" atherosclerosis. In the future, cetp modifying drugs may prove to reverse plaque. Only time will tell. ...Read more

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What are coronary heart disease exercises?

What are coronary heart disease exercises?

Many, many: Anything aerobic. Anything that gets you to move, elevate your heart rate and circulate blood. ...Read more

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When was coronary heart disease discovered?

When was coronary heart disease discovered?

CAD: read this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1034150/?page=1

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What are symptoms of coronary heart disease?

Chest pain: There are many symptoms, including chest pain, neck and shoulder pain, shortness of breath, numbness, dizziness and nausea with exercise. Or, there may be no symptoms, which is why we try to limit or treat your risk factors such as high cholesterol, low hdl, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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What are some signs of coronary heart disease?

What are some signs of coronary heart disease?

Signs as: Understood by the medical community mean objective findings. As such, signs may not be present. Symptoms, on the other hand, are subjective, viz., pain, pressure, discomfort at the front part of chest , sometimes radiating to arm, jaw, stomach area and commonly during physical exertion. It can also happen while resting. About 40-50% of CAD do nit have symptoms until heart attack actually occurs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease.

What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease.

Coronary disease: Pain left chest, pain shoulder, pain in jaw, pain in back or stomach. Shortness of breath indigestion, choking heart burn, nausea, vomiting palpitation, irregular heart rate. Dizziness extreme weakness and anxiety. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more