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Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Tell me heart attack risk factors and coronary heart disease symptoms?

Google it: Rf: smoking, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history etc. Symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations etc. You really will get much more on the internet than i can give you in this box, this is a huge topic! ...Read more

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 inherited?

Is coronary heart disease inherited?

Sometimes: Some people inherit what are called 'dyslipidemias'- which is a fancy way of saying messed up lipids - that cause coronary disease - but what most people actually inherit are bad habits - bad eating habits, smoking, obesity, lifestyle etc. ...Read more

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Is high cholesterol related to heart disase?

Is high cholesterol related to heart disase?

Yes: Cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for arteriosclerosis, which is building of plaques in the vessels, which could lead to heart disease or the dislodging of the plaque could cause Mycocardial infarction by blocking an artery that supplies the heart, or lead to embolism to the heart. Other risk factors include diabetics, HTN, age and smoking. ...Read more

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Stress test, ultrasound arteries, carotid, legs, cath, everything is clear, last LDL 113, family history of heart disease. Hbp, cholesterol med?

Stress test, ultrasound arteries, carotid, legs,  cath, everything is clear, last LDL 113, family history of heart disease. Hbp, cholesterol med?

Focus on lifestyle : I wonder why all of that was done? Was it for symptoms or anxiety over potential symptoms? What was your risk factor status beyond the family history? If all of these studies were negative and your LDL was 113, you could either consider lifestyle modifications alone (if no other risk factors), or lifestyle modification plus a low dose statin if multiple other risk factors present. ...Read more

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Is there data showing saturated fat increases congenital heart disease mortality?

Is there data showing saturated fat increases congenital heart disease mortality?

Not really.: Increased consumption of saturated fat by the pregnant woman can deplete Folic Acid stores in her body and increase the risk of having a fetus with cardiac defect, especially if the mother is obese. Take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if you want to prevent up to 75% of fetal cardiac defects - before conception and for your whole reproductive life. ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Yes: High cholesterol (mainly the ldl) is a risk factor for development of coronary artery disease. It is most important in patients with other "risk factors" like diabetes, smoking, hypertension, family history & obesity. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Continuum: Coronary disease develops from our lifestyle and as we age real blockage develops in some or all coronary vessels. One or more plaques disrupt and obstruct. If adequate collateral pathways exist may just vagus transient angina or pain. Angina is pain without damage. If not adequate flow, or collateral, acute myocardial infarction- heart attack occurs and that is "damage". Heart failure may follow. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary heart disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease ?

A bit..: Coronary heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease can involve disease of other blood vessels, including the carotid arteries, aorta, and the peripheral blood vessels particularly of the legs. ...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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Is valvular heart disease dangerous?

Is valvular heart disease dangerous?

Yes and no: There are four valves in the heart and a variety of disorders may affect each. Many are benign, but some are progressive and fatal. Specifics will dictate outcome. ...Read more

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How could HDL and LDL lead to coronary heart disease?

Atherogenic: High LDL and low HDL both promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which is the cause of blocked arteries in chd. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

Same: Basically similar names for the same problem. Each discribes a problem with the circulation of the heart the cornary arteries. ...Read more

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Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

Is lipoprotein associated phospholipase a2 blood test better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and stokes than myeloperoxidase (mpo) in men?

No, Different Issues: Mpo tends to reflect more active/prone to rupture vulnerable plaque activity, whereas lpla2 a protein on LDL particles which correlates with ?ed atherogenicity. Keep in mind artery ds typically begins age 7, ; earlier. Measured ldl, large hdl, hba1c ; BP are bigger issues. Many other biomarkers, like the ones you mentioned, also involved ; less important. Illusions of high tech often marketed. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

All related: Ischemic heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease. Some people call coronary artery disease coronary heart disease. When a coronary artery closes up, the heart tissie it supplied may die and that is called a heart attack. The dead heart tissue scars down, when there is a lot of damaged tissue the heart may start failing and that is called ischemic heart disease. ...Read more

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Is hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease hereditary?

Is hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease hereditary?

Possibly: Hypertension may have many causes, even in the same person. Some of these may be hereditary. ...Read more

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Does iron intake affect coronary artery disease?

Does iron intake affect coronary artery disease?

Shouldn't: I have never heard of iron supplementation affecting the course of coronary artery disease. Too much iron can effect the myocardium, however, even in that case, it usually is not the oral supplementation but a different process that leads to the damage (cardiomyopathy). ...Read more

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Can I prevent clogging of artheries by taking Omega 3? No smoking/alcohol/ high cholesterol/BP/blood sugar BUT family history of coronary desease.

Can I prevent clogging of artheries by taking Omega 3? No smoking/alcohol/ high cholesterol/BP/blood sugar BUT family history of coronary desease.

Atherosclerosis: No evidence to support omega 3 os able to do so.UR however right to be concerned so please consult a medical professional for risk assessment and management ...Read more

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What is the medical difference between Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Coronary Heart Disease, (CHD)?

What is the medical difference between 
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and  Coronary Heart Disease, (CHD)?

Difference: Cardiovascular disease is disease of the heart and blood vessels. Coronary artery disease is disease of the heart arteries. CAD is a CVD, CVD includes CAD but not all CVD is CAD. ...Read more

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Is heart disease hereditory?

Is heart disease hereditory?

Yes: Atheroscerotic heart disease is inherited. It is a signigicant risk factor for offspring of heartattack pts. ...Read more

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