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Had a CT A done, this was the results Mild calcification of the left main. Otherwise normal coronary arteries. What does that mean?

Had a CT A done, this was the results Mild calcification of the left main. Otherwise normal coronary arteries. What does that mean?

Occult CAD present: There is evidence of coronary atherosclerosis in your arteries atleast in the left main artery and albeit mild. Over time cholesterol hardens and that is what CT scan picks up. So at your young age if there is early atherosclerosis, you should have your fasting lipid panel be checked and then modify your lifestyle to mitigate progression of cholesterol build in your arteries. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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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


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Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath..take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

Coronary artery calcification with fast heart rate...cant do activity without stop catching breath..take adalat (nifedipine) without good results...help?

How high: How high is calcification score. If this is too high you actually may have aggressive heart disease. Have you had your thyroid checked. See your doc and if persist see a cardiologist and insist on an echo for cardiac performance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for narrowing of coronary arteries?

What is the treatment for narrowing of coronary arteries?

Another idea: Narrowing of coronary arteries usually is a result of atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque on the arterial walls. It is the long term effect of inflammation, cholesterol and aspects of lifestyle. If someone is motivated to change exercise habits, stress levels and diet, investigate the insurers- and medicare-approved program of dr. Dean ornish (www.Pmri.Org). It's work but can reverse this. ...Read more

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How does calcified plaques in coronary arteries be treated?

Presence vs effect: Calcified plaque occurs when the cholesterol buildup of your arteries becomes calcified, a natural process. Treatment occurs when the narrowing either results in or is likely to result in problems like chest pains or a heart attack. It is impossible to treat widespread disease but for specific areas of narrowing or blockage, balloons, lasers, and other treatments are used. ...Read more

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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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Positive stress test but normal coronary arteries? Please help explaining why and what is my next approach in treatment?

Positive stress test but normal coronary arteries? Please help explaining why and what is my next approach in treatment?

Good news: Based on your question, you had a false positive which is good news. Your coronary arteries are normal which means you don't need any more treatment. ...Read more

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My coronary arteries are highly calcified. Does this mean that there is blockage? Other than angiogram, is there a less invasive test to show block?

My coronary arteries are highly calcified. Does this mean that there is blockage? Other than angiogram, is there a less invasive test to show block?

Angioangiogram: Usually calcification and coronary artery blockages go hand in hand. You have already had the gold standard test-the angiogram. There are less invasive tests e.g. Coronary ct scan, which usually shows calcium but not as sensitive or specfic as a angiogram. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments available for coronary artery blockage?

What are some of the treatments available for coronary artery blockage?

Treatment of CAD: Treatment falls into 3 categories. Medical therapy, angioplasty, and coronary bypass surgery. Medical therapy with Aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medications along with other medications usually forms the basis of treatment with angioplasty (stents) and bypass surgery reserved for those patients who do not respond fully to medical therapy. ...Read more

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How does the rate of restenosis of coronary arteries compare with medical therapy over stents?

How does the  rate of restenosis of coronary arteries compare with medical therapy over stents?

Not sure: I am not sure what is meant here. If there was no stent or balloon angioplasty to begin with, the term "restenosis" is sort of irrelevant here. On the other hand, if one is talking about treating in-instent restenosis with medical therapy; if the patient is asymptomatic, there is no reason to not try medical therapy for a while at least. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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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


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Cardiac (Definition)

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