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Does an echocardiogram show clogged arteries?

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.).

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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

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

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Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?

Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?

CTA: CT angiography shows vessel status in the vascular bed (s) which are imaged in the specific test. If it isn't in the field studied, it won't appear in the study.

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Does a chest CT show clogged arteries in heart? Any useful heart information?

Does a chest CT show clogged arteries in heart? Any useful heart information?

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.

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I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

I had a positive stress echocardiogram so they told me it reflected angina but my angiogram shows no blocked arteries what does it mean?

It means: You don't have large coronary artery disease. But the the smaller arteries not seen on angio could be ischemic and may explain your system. Or your heart condition is not not from an ischemic cause which would also explain the normal angio and abnormal echo.

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Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?

Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?

No: U need bilateral carotid ultrasound study to evaluate carotid artery disease or blockage. An echocardiogram will evaluate functional and structural anatomy of the heart, while a stress test show the functional capacity of the heart.

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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

Arteries: Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis. Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both.

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What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

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.

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How can I tell if I have clogged arteries in my heart?

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.

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Can constipation lead to appendicitis or clogged arteries?

Can constipation lead to appendicitis or clogged arteries?

Possible: Constipation may lead to hard stool which may enter the lumen of appendix (facecloth) leads to appendicitis Clogged arteries lead to mesenteric thrombosis and cause the lethal gangrene of bowel, fortunately it is rare.

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What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

Frequently: Chest pain / angina. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, arm or jaw pain, diaphoresis. See your doctor.

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What tests are used to determine if you have clogged arteries in the heart?

What tests are used to determine if you have clogged arteries in the heart?

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.

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How do you unclog clogged arteries?

How do you unclog clogged arteries?

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.

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What will clear out clogged arteries?

What will clear out clogged arteries?

Not much: There may be some reversal if the cholesterol level is decreased. But usually the damage is done when the blockage is seen.

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Medical can you reverse clogged arteries?

Medical can you reverse clogged arteries?

Clogged arteries: There are studies showing reversal of atherosclerotic lesions in a small percentage of aggressively treated patients with atherosclerotic lesions. It takes diet, exercise and usually high dose statins and getting lipids quite low.

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What are the symptoms of clogged arteries?

What are the symptoms of clogged arteries?

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.

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