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Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Calcified CAD: Plaque in coronary arteries is in a real sense abnormal tissue. Calcium tends to accumulate in abnormal tissues in our bodies. This phenomenon is called dystrophic calcification. The amount of coronary artery calcium as detected by specialized ct scans can be used as a predictor of future cardiac events such as heart attack. ...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


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What's coronary artery disease?

What's coronary artery disease?

CAD: Coronary artery disease is defined as obstructive lesions in the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle . These start as areas of inflammation that progress into obstructions and affect the different layers of the blood vessel wall (from inside out). ...Read more

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What is coronary artery disease?

Cholesterol plaquing: Cholesterol plaquing of the coronary arteries.

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What causes coronary artery disease?

What causes coronary artery disease?

Cholesterol: Most, but not all, coronary artery disease he is due to cholesterol buildup within the walls of the coronary arteries in the heart. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Sort of: Yes it runs in families so if your parents have it you are more likely to also. This is partly because risk factors such as diabetes are also inherited. It is very complicated however, much more so than hair or eye color for instance because there are so many factors to consider. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary artery disease?

What are the causes of coronary artery disease?

CAD: Inflammatory changes first involving the intima and then the deeper layers of the blood vessel wall. ...Read more

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What is nonobstructive coronary artery disease?

What is nonobstructive coronary artery disease?

Atherosclerosis: The vessel wall has "rust" on the wall but there is still flow. As it further builds up it can become obstructive. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is coronary artery disease?

Atherosclerosis: Atheromatous plaque formation due to cholestrol deposits is the commenst form of coronary artery disease. It can lead to heart attacks and death. ...Read more

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What are the effects of coronary artery disease?

What are the effects of coronary artery disease?

Chest pain: This can result in chest pan on exertion and can lead to a heart attack where part of the heart muscle can be damaged. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

There are many: There are many risk factors - from gender (men are at higher risk when they are younger, but this changes with age) to other diseases (obesity and diabetes) to cholesterol levels to activity to smoking - and beyond. The best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about your health - what matters to one person may not matter to you! ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more