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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Overview)

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 result is a stroke.


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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Overview)

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 result is a stroke.


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How does coronary artery disease develop in the body?

How does coronary artery disease develop in the body?

Slowly: Low density lipoprotein (ldl) is taken up by endothelial cells in blood vessels. The LDL is broken down (oxidized) and absorbed by macrophages within the wall of the blood vessel. Ultimately, the macrophage which is full of oxidized LDL will die. The dead cells and cholesterol accumulate in the wall of the artery interfering with the flow of blood. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Tip)

Living with Coronary Artery Disease

A Cardiac Haiku Coronary plaque Can be tamed with good diet, Meds, and exercise. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What is the principal symptom of coronary artery disease?

What is the principal symptom of coronary artery disease?

Chest pain: Symptoms from coronary artery disease (CAD) can vary. The most common is angina and can include chest pain as well as pain in the arm, jaw, or abdomen. The pain typically gets worse with activity and better with rest. Shortness of breath can also develop, especially as the heart muscle begins to weaken from inadequate blood flow. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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What are the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease?

What are the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease?

Symptoms of CAD: Usually, there are no symptoms of coronary artery disease (cad). Contributing factors include hypertension, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, high cholesterol. If you or your doctor suspect cad, then you should get checked. Sometimes, however, the first symptom is a heart attack or a stroke. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Tip)

Living with Coronary Artery Disease

Heart-healthy diet, exercise at least 30 min 5x/wk, manage stress, continue all meds as prescribed. ...See more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

Angina: At early stages it may not cause symptoms. Once blockages become more significant, chest pain and/or shortness of breath occur, usually worse with activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
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What is the diagnosis for coronary artery disease?

Various: If you're asking how CAD is diagnosed, there are actually many ways. Direct testing can show it (ie stress test, calcium scan, catheterization). We also consider the presence of vascular disease elsewhere in the body to be equiv. To having cad. So if someone has blocked circulation in the legs, or a history of certain kinds of stroke, they'd be treated like they have cad. It's a systemic process. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus

Systemic lupus in children is a generally more severe disease that requires more intensive treatment. ...See more

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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 (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


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