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How do doctors diagnose coronary artery disease?

How do doctors diagnose coronary artery disease?

Several ways: It is suspected by the symptoms typically pain in the chest on exertion. An EKG can be done at rest or better still during exercise. Sometimes in addition some slightly radioactive material is injected and "pictures" are taken before and after the exercise. Dye can be injected directly into the coronary arteries to see if ane where they are blocked. Ct scans and mri's can also be used. ...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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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is coronary artery disease and how does drug eluting stents help?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is coronary artery disease and how does drug eluting stents help?

Fatty buildups: 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 or blocked due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". Stents help unblocking the arteries by getting the plaque out of the way so that more blood flow is available. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're the treatments for coronary artery disease (cad)?

Help doctors! what're the treatments for coronary artery disease (cad)?

Three: 1.Medical treatment to lower bp, heart rate and cholesterol, smoking cessation and good exercise and diet. 2. Angioplasty and stunting if the medical treatment fails or high risk cad 3. Coronary bypass surgery if the angiogram shows multi vessel or complex cad. ...Read more

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I smoke have chest pains been evaluated by doctors what is the likelihood that I have coronary artery disease? Trying to quit smoking any suggestions?

I smoke have chest pains been evaluated by doctors what is the likelihood that I have coronary artery disease? Trying to quit smoking any suggestions?

Determination: Your chances of having significant coronary disease at 25 is minimal. Smoking is by choice, as is stopping. The first and most successful step is to decide to stop. Everything else is window dressing. Don't buy them, you won't smoke them. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for coronary artery disease? I'm a man in my mid-twenties. Every couple of months, i experience a sharp, shooting pain in the area of my chest that covers my heart. The shooting pain only last for a minute or two, and then is alleviate

Talk to your MD: There are many tests that can be done. The best starting place is to talk with your doctor and be examined. The md will judge whether or not additional tests (i.e.. Stress test) are needed depending on your story, family history, risk factors, and exam. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?

How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?

After Ds is Advanced: Though dominant human behavior, physicians are trained to wait for evidence of advanced disease, largely in this order of ?ing ability to detect disease: 1. Calcification in the artery walls, 2. Obstructions visible on coronary angiograms or ct, 3. Symptoms & evidence of heart damage; typically the last detected/recognized 4. Stress tests. | for a better alternative: optimize the driving factors. ...Read more

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What are tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease?

What are tests used to diagnose coronary artery disease?

Several: First of all the history. Usually there is chest pain as the presenting symptom and the exact description of that pain is important. Does it occur during exertion? Then an EKG is done. Also an EKG with exertion or medication to stress the heart along with pictures of the heart. The final test would be to put some dye into the arteries to directly visualize a blockage. ...Read more

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Can an ECG diagnose coronary artery disease? Had hr of 160 went to er. Place on monitor and troponin done twice. Still have tight band around chest.

Can an ECG diagnose coronary artery disease? Had hr of 160 went to er. Place on monitor and troponin done twice. Still have tight band around chest.

EKG can give hints.: Gold standard for diagnosing coronary artery disease is angiography. Abnormal patterns of EKG can provide clues to the presence of heart disease, but is not sufficient to diagnose it. Even normal troponins only tell you that there hasn't been a heart attack recently. One could still have underlying coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Recent angiogram diagnose was:non obstructive coronary artery disease, how high is my risk to suffer a heart attack?

There is: disagreement about the risk factors associated with "non-obstructive" coronary DISEASE (ABNORMAL coronary arteries but without significant OBSTRUCTIVE lesions on ARTERIOGRAPHY/ANGIOGRAPHY Best practice is to use all the "tools" to prevent cor- onary events as patients with OBSTRUCTIVE disease... Smoking cessation, graded excercise, Cholesterol lowering etc etc Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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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


Dr. Ira Katz
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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