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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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Artery (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Several: There several risk factors (CRF) for coronary artery disease, some modifiable and some not. Non-modifiable crfs include family history (genetics), sex and age. Some modifiable crfs which can be treated with medications or lifestyle changes include smoking, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol status, particularly LDL or "bad" cholesterol. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease contagious?

Is coronary artery disease contagious?

Causes for cad: Not contagious in the sense of an infectious exposure. There are strong genetic risks, and people living together tend to make similar diet and lifestyle choices, so clustering of CAD cases does occur. ...Read more

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How common is coronary artery disease cad?

How common is coronary artery disease cad?

Depends: Coronary artery disease is the #1 killer of adults in the United States ahead of cancer. Your individual risk of coronary disease is based on your risk factors. The risk can be predicted using a publicly available risk predictor: http://www.Medcalc.Com/heartrisk.Html. ...Read more

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How do you prevent coronary artery disease?

How do you prevent coronary artery disease?

Start early!: The most important part is to start early! heart disease takes decades to develop. There are many factors that we can control, diet and exercise being most important. In addition, not smoking and reducing stress are key actions. Genetic predisposition is not modifiable: if your mother or father had a heart attack before 60 years of age, you might be at risk. Consider a preventive visit! ...Read more

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Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

May be: Echocardiograms are very good at seeing the function of the heart muscle. If coronary artery disease has damaged the heart, the weekend part of the heart will be visible on an echocardiogram. However, significant blockage can occur without damage. A resting echocardiogram will not be able to see this. A stress echocardiogram, however, may be effective in detecting this type of disease. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose coronary artery disease?

How do doctors diagnose coronary artery disease?

Several ways: It is suspected by the symptoms typically pain in the chest on exertion. An EKG can be done at rest or better still during exercise. Sometimes in addition some slightly radioactive material is injected and "pictures" are taken before and after the exercise. Dye can be injected directly into the coronary arteries to see if ane where they are blocked. Ct scans and mri's can also be used. ...Read more

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Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

It indirectly can: An echocardiogram can show the heart valves, heart chamber size, and contraction of the left and right ventricles that pump blood out of the heart. If a particular wall of the left ventricle does not contract normally, it is likely an indication of coronary artery disease of a significant severity. ...Read more

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How can a coronary artery disease patient be managed?

How can a coronary artery disease patient be managed?

Manage: Stop smoking, lose weight: BMI <28, very healthy low fat diet (some suggest an anti-inflammatory diet), exercise, control diabetes/check blood sugar, regular check ups to review cholesterol, bp, sugar, BMI in check and take medications as prescribed. ...Read more

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Who is responsible for naming coronary artery disease?

Giovanni Morgagni?: Giovanni morgagni is generally considered the father of anatomical pathology -- and may have been first to name the blood vessels around the heart, "coronary." they sit like a "crown" (latin: "coronarius") upon the heart. Morgagni also described "hardening" of these arteries. Many others, of course, have also contributed to the development of these ideas. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

The leading cause of death and disability in adults in the U.S. It develops when lipid (fatty) plaques builds up in the arteries, 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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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