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What is coronary atherosclerosis?

What is coronary atherosclerosis?

Plaque buildup: Little spots along the coronary arteries (they "crown" the heart) develop patches of macrophages that become loaded with cholesterol, and eventually scarring narrows the artery; the spot may burst or a bleed into the spot, either causing sudden death. There are many fewer deaths from coronary atherosclerosis today than in the past, mostly due to healthier lifestyles. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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Is there many vegans that get coronary atherosclerosis?

Is there many vegans that get coronary atherosclerosis?

There can be: There are multiple risk factors for atherosclerosis: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart disease or stroke, getting older, being a man. Being a vegan may help with dietary concerns that influence cholesterol levels, but it does not negate heriditary risk. ...Read more

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Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?

Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?

No: Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of the heart) rather than symptomatic coronary atherosclerosis. However, early athersclerotic changes have been observed in arteries of some children. This is especially true for children at risk with obesity, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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Is there something that starts in teenagers that causes them to later get coronary atherosclerosis?

Yes: The most famous example is from autopsies of us soldiers (ages 18 and above) who died in vietnam. The aortas of many demonstrated fat-laden cells which are the first step toward atherosclerosis. No data, to my knowledge about corresponding lifestyles, but we know many were smokers. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott bolhack, why do vains, which normally do not develop it, develop atherosclerosis once they are grafted. (in a coronary bypass , for example)?

Dr. Scott bolhack, why do vains, which normally do not develop it,  develop atherosclerosis once they are grafted. (in a coronary bypass , for example)?

Clarification Issue: Arteries constantly sustain stretching and relaxing force/movement with each heart beat, i.e. The pulse. This movement of the endothelial structure facilitates movement of low density lipoprotein particles, sugars and other small atherosclerosis promoting particles & molecules through the intercellular spaces between the endothelial cells. Optimizing drivers is more important for vein grafts. ...Read more

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Any of you treating atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

Any of you treating atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

Any who are not?: That's a very common condition for doctors to be treating. Go ahead and ask a question. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a condition where fatty deposits associated with atherosclerosis from within the coronary arteries?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a condition where fatty deposits associated with atherosclerosis from within the coronary arteries?

Coronary Disease: In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". This condition increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Cardiac (Definition)

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