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Does An Echocardiogram Show Clogged Arteries
Rarely: One can sometimes on a technically good study see portions of the coronary arteries. The oringin of the left main coronary artery for instance is not uncommonly seen. There are at the present time much better tests to visualize ther coronary arteries. One can see the results of the clogged artery, (a non-moving or poorly moving part of the heart muscle related to a blockage.). ...Read more
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
I have a nuclear stress test coming. If it's negative can I be sure I don't have clogged arteries? Also does it show ef better than echo
Test value: The nuclear study gives information about perfusion (blood delivery)to various parts of the heart. You may still have blockages but your body can compensate by growing collateral vessels so that a single blockage may not affect overall blood supply to an area. The study is also helpful in giving ejection fraction information but usually correlates fairly to echo but may be more precise ...Read more
Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?
It depends what: Kind of chest CT. Cardiac CT is designed specifically to look at that. If you are talking about a standard chest CT, visualization of atheroscerotic calcifications in the coronary arteries are an indicator of coronary artery disease, which can prompt further diagnostic work up, but in and of itself does not provide an assessment of the degree of stenosis. ...Read more
I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?
Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?
Will an echocardiogram detect coronary artery disease even if it does not show any valve problems? My husband is 75, has been smoking (not a heavy smoker) for 50 years, has had a mild stroke and surgery on a carotid artery. His echocardiogram was pronoun
Depends: Depends on which arteries and how clogged they are. ...Read more
Usually pain: A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath. ...Read more
Assessing risks: Do you have symptoms? Are you a diabetic or smoke cigarettes? Cocaine? Etc. If not, your risk given your age and female gender would be low. Your doctor may order an ekg/stress test if you do have symptoms but we do not routinely screen young women without symptoms or risk factors. What I would recommend is checking your cholesterol and working on preventative measures. ...Read more
Options: The gold stndrd is "cardiac cath, " where tiny wire & tube are fed from artery in groin or arm to vessels of heart and dye is injected by fluoroscopy to create a roadmap of heart's vessels--can also open / stent narrow/clogged arteries. Other ways are indirect & include ct scan that looks for calcium in heart vessels (=blockage) or a nuclear med study looking for uptake by heart muscle. ...Read more
No.: No. Those are unrelated problems.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many things to do:: Tx for clogged arteries generally starts with a healthy diet, regular exercise which both can lead to good weight. Tx also starts w/ stopping smoking, if pt smokes. Except for aspirin, most medication used to tx clogged arteries are prescription only. All meds & tx, including aspirin, should be used under direction of ur doctor given the risks (ex bleeding from aspirin), need for monitoring, etc. ...Read more
Depends on where: Since clogged arteries can occur in many places in the body, symptoms will depend on which arteries are clogged. If they're in the heart a person may feel chest pain and have a heart attack. If they're in the leg, there may be pain in the calves while walking. Clogged arteries in the neck or brain can lead to a stroke. If the artery to an organ gets clogged it can lead to failure of that organ. ...Read more
Prevention: There are no medications known to clean plaque from arteries. There are medications such as statins to prevent plaque progression and can stabilize a plaque. If a plaque progresses to the point of causing symptoms, procedures may be required to open up the blockage, or bypass it. ...Read more
Very unlikely: Clogged arteries could theoretically develop in adolescence, although this would be highly unlikely as this process generally takes decades to develop, except in very rare case, such as in the setting of severe hypercholesterolemia, long-standing poorly controlled diabetes or heart transplant. ...Read more
Unusual: It is possible but rare to see. ...Read more
Angioplasty - Bypass: In angioplasty (potentially less invasive) a thin, high tensile strength folded plastic balloon (with or without a stent) is passed into narrowings & hydraulically inflated using pressures 50 to 250 x's arterial pressure to expand the narrowing. In bypass surgery (more invasive) another vessel (commonly a vein) is sewn into an artery prior to a narrowing and again downstream from the narrowing. ...Read more
Inflammation: Complex answer. Check out heart. Org for american heart association's discussion. ...Read more
Work w/ your doctor: Tx can serve to stabilize the plaque that is present & later to try & reverse it. It will req hard wk, determination, but you can do it w/ help from a proactive doctor. 1st need thorough cardiovasc eval, then tx plan & follow up. Tx will likely include: no tob, healthy diet, reg exercise, achieve ideal weight, maintain good bp, normal glucose (sugar) & good cholesterol & adv lipid levels & more. ...Read more
Thigh pain: It is possible but at your age it is extremely unlikely and probably is muscular. ...Read more
Very little: Once established, atherosclerotic plaque has very little chance of decreasing. The best course is to begin risk modifications and hope to stop the progression of plaque. There are some reports of decreasing plaque thickness with extreme cholesterol lowering, but the clinical correlation to decreased mi and stoke had not been proven. ...Read more
Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more
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