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Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

May be: Echocardiograms are very good at seeing the function of the heart muscle. If coronary artery disease has damaged the heart, the weekend part of the heart will be visible on an echocardiogram. However, significant blockage can occur without damage. A resting echocardiogram will not be able to see this. A stress echocardiogram, however, may be effective in detecting this type of disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

It indirectly can: An echocardiogram can show the heart valves, heart chamber size, and contraction of the left and right ventricles that pump blood out of the heart. If a particular wall of the left ventricle does not contract normally, it is likely an indication of coronary artery disease of a significant severity. ...Read more

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After normal chest X-ray echo ekg holter do I have possibility of coronary artery disease.18 y old?

After normal chest X-ray echo ekg holter do I have possibility of coronary artery disease.18 y old?

Doubt it: None of the tests you listed are conclusive studies for CAD. Why you had them done suggests someone with more information was looking for something else. You are the wrong age for CAD, unless you have the rare aging disease progeria.There are specific CAD studies like coronary angiogram that are more conclusive but the test is quite invasive. ...Read more

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Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Certainly: Evaluation by a primary care & cardiologist, reduce weight - BMI < 28, eat right: low fat, low (bad) cholesterol, consider high quality fish oil, cessation of smoking, exercise (if you are healthy enough per your physician), reduce alcohol consumption, take prescribed medications as directed. Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and work with your physician to optimize them. ...Read more

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Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Yes: Yes if on high dose statins for years it is possible to stabilize and slightly improve. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease be cured?

Not Really: Coronary artery disease, also referred to as CAD or cvd, can be controlled or ameliorated with diet, exercise, cessation of smoking, moderation of alcohol intake, diabetes control and medications. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease be treated?

How can coronary artery disease be treated?

Minimize the Drivers: Optimize lipoprotein concentrations (ldl ; hdl, not cholesterol), low normal blood glucose: hba1c <5.0, low normal bp, don't smoke, stay physically active, confront and resolve stress, etc. This is the best approach. Conventional medical methods , angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery, etc. Only partially treat the symptoms ; further complicate the disease process (i have experience will all these). ...Read more

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What happens during coronary artery disease?

What happens during coronary artery disease?

AtherosclerosisClots: The key issue is atherosclerosis: accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood & is primarily driven by lipoproteins (proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells) is dominant human behavior yet is typically ignored for decades because it remains asymptomatic until plaque ruptures release debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. ...Read more

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How to know if I have coronary artery disease?

How to know if I have coronary artery disease?

Cath lab , CT, scans: CT scan can do a calcium count, which is related to disease. Cath lab can create dye studies of the arteries, which show blockage. A myocardial perfusion scan can show abnormal areas of blood flow on the heart, which is related to blocked arteries. 256 bit CT scans are getting very good at showing artery disease also. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read 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