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Can You Still Have A Heart Attack If You Have No Plaque Build Up
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)?
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
I had a CTA SCAN. Showed no stenis or plaque. But a CAC SCORE of 422. Everything I read says I will have a heart attack within two years. I'm 60. ?
Risk factors: A lot depends on your risk factors and what you do about them. High blood pressure, diabetes, high LDL cholesterol, obesity, smoking are modifiable, meaning get them all normal, stop smoking and you've decreased your risk. Can't change your family history, but you can optimize your health. See your doctor for a complete exam and labs and work with him/her to decrease your risks. ...Read more
How does a heart attack occur?Why does the plaque break off?Why this is less likely in young adults 27-35?Esp with norm stress/echo tests/no fam hist
A-: 1- block blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. 2- because of the flow of blood, it hit on the plaque and it will break. 3-they have less plaques formed in average. 4- risk factors like family history tells you about the predisposition to form plaque. The space is too limited to go in detailes, but I hope this help. ...Read more
Can you tell me in order to get a heart attack, the artery to the heart has to be blocked by a build up of fat; plaque, so that little or no blood goes thru. right?
Yes: That's a reasonable description of the pathogenesis. ...Read more
I'm getting a coranary cta this week. Doc said it will show arteries & heart. Will this show if i had a heart attack or plaque build up in arteries?
What would cause the plaque in heart arteries to SUDDENLY rupture then form a clot then cause a Heart Attack? what are the reasons behind rupturing? Thank you.
Read this: Good summary article: http://cardiovascres.oxfordjournals.org/content/41/2/369Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me the major products found in plaque, inside a blood vessel, that lead to a 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
What is the best way to stabilize soft arterial plaque that every adult has in order to prevent a stroke, PE , heart attack, etc.?
Excellent Question: Statins- and other drugs and nutritional supplements that lower your LDL particle number and favorably alter your LDL pattern as much as possible. Omega 3 supplements to help lower triglycerides and change LDL pattern when appropriate. Anti- inflammatory diet- avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup and the like- speak with a nutritionist. There are other suggestions but this is a good start! ...Read more
Could dissolving with effective supplementation "plaque" from inflamed arteries dislodge and cause stroke or heart attack pre-maturely? %?
No: Stating drugs have been shown to decrease plaque. Most OTC supplements have not been proven. If you have plaque cussing symptoms you should talk to your doctor about treatments. Don't take a chance. Dissolving plaque should not increase the risk of a stroke or vascular event. Make sure you don't risk your life/health on unproven claims. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dad has "40% stenosis at it's origin" in LAD & 40% plaque in the OM1 of LCx. He takes aspirin, beta blocker & chol. drugs. His heart attack risk?
Manageable: If he has no symptoms, the recommended medical regimen includes the medications he is taking. The only addition, based on his risk factors, would be an ACE inhibitor (highly recommended for diabetes, but may also be helpful otherwise). He should not smoke and all around him should not smoke. If he can be active in moderation, that's good! He should be aware of symptoms and notify his doc ASAP! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aneurysm or high risk of heart attack or stroke cause taste of blood in throat?myocardial infraction, inflamed plaque,head pain,chest pain-symptoms!?
Risks: Being overweight is only one risk for heart disease. Decreasing weight can decrease your risk. There are many other factors which can put your risk for heart attack, including cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, family history, etc. Congratulations on your goal to lose weight. It will definitely benefit you in the long run, decreased the risk for arthritis, diabetes, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone still have a heart attack after the cardiologist saying that every test looks normal and there´s no evidence of heart disease?
Yes: pacemaker helps to control or regulate the rhythm (electricity) of the heart. Heart attack is related to blockages of the arteries of the heart (plumbing, if you want the analogy). Pacemaker will prevent the heart beating too slow but will NOT prevent blockages from developing or producing heart attacks ...Read more
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