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How does coronary heart disease affect the respiratory system?

How does coronary heart disease affect the respiratory system?

It doesn't: Unless the chd has progressed to the point that the heart is failing. Then the lungs become congested with fluid (from the backpressure of a failing heart — also called "congestive heart failure"). The cardinal symptom is breathlessness. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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My new job requires being sprayed with pepper spray. Is this safe for someone with triple coronary heart disease and respiratory problems?

My new job requires being sprayed with pepper spray.  Is this safe for someone with triple coronary heart disease and respiratory problems?

May not be: This will depend on the severity of your coronary artery disease and your pulmonary disease. If unsure, better not to risk it. Check with the doctor that knows tour condition. ...Read more

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How can coronary heart disease affect the respiration system?

How can coronary heart disease affect the respiration system?

May not: However, with symptoms of angina chest pressure and pain, people may not breathe deeply.
With clots on the right heart from myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism can occur.
With acute left heart attack, congestion and heart failure will compromise oxygenation. And more. ...Read more

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How might coronary heart disease affect the heart muscle and the circulatory system?

How might coronary heart disease affect the heart muscle and the circulatory system?

Directly: The coronary arteries and their branches carry the blood and oxygen to the heart muscle cells.
Poor flow, low oxygen, cells die- equals heart attack.
If enough muscle dies, then heart failure, cardiac arrest, no circulation, and death. ...Read more

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How does coronary heart disease affect pulse rate?

How does coronary heart disease affect pulse rate?

Variable: Some folks may have palpitations, arrhythmia s
including atrial fibrillation, pvcs, and slow- bradycardias or complete heart block.
With an acute event ventricular tachycardia. And/ or ventricular fibrillation may occur and cause death.
Many persons with CAD do not have pulse symptoms. ...Read more

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How does coronary heart disease relate to science and medicine?

???: Do you mean how are science and medicine used in relations to heart disease. Cad? If so, scientific methods are used to study CAD with respect to risks, medications, outcomes, etc. This science helps improve medical care of patients with cad. The information flows both ways: doctors can create studies to investigate what they are seeing with patients, researchers can innovate on entirely new ideas. ...Read more

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What does coronary heart disease do to the body?

What does coronary heart disease do to the body?

Causes heart attack: It blocks the coronary arteries leading to chest pain or heart attack. If you get a heart attack it can damage the muscle causing heart failure with shortness of breath and swelling of the feet. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect does coronary heart disease have on the lifestyle of the sufferer?

Huge effect: Your lifestyle have to change. Exercise, better diet, loose weight if overweight, stop smoking, control diabetes and hypertension if diagnosed, high chol treatment with LDL less than 100mg/dl, stress reduction, not excess in drinking. ...Read more

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How does a coronary heart disease affect the cardiac muscle?

How does a coronary heart disease affect the cardiac muscle?

Lack of blood supply: Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. Disease of arteries often leads to blockage of blood flow. Lack of blood supply causes death of muscle, i.e., myocardial infarction, or heart attack. ...Read more

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What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history, metabolic syndrome?

What age does coronary heart disease happen most commonly especially with family history, metabolic syndrome?

HIGHLY variable!: Hi. The risk goes up as you age, and at any age, populations with positive family history and metabolic syndrome have higher risk of CHD than otherwise matched populations without those characteristics. You can use the Framingham Risk Score (online), but still, it assigns risk based on population studies. You, the individual, have genetics and environmental characteristics not taken into account. ...Read more

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Why does coronary heart disease occur in the body?

Why does coronary heart disease occur in the body?

CAD: Classical risk factors for atherosclerotic disease:
1. Genetics (chose your parents wisely!)
2. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol/triglycerides
3. Smoking, obesity, no exercise, high fat diet
4. Poor dental health
take care of yourself :-). ...Read more

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How does coronary heart disease develop in a person?

How does coronary heart disease develop in a person?

Many things: Many things contribute; some modifiable, others not. Things you can't change include family history, gender, genetics (although you can test for the latter). Things you can change or at least affect: smoking (stop!), exercise, diet, cholesterol & other biomarkers, diabetes/prediabetes/insulin resistance, blood pressure, inflammation. These things damage vessel walls & lead to plaque formation/chd. ...Read more

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What age do people get coronary heart disease?

Depends: Unfortunately, we are finding coronary artery disease in younger and younger patients every day. This used to be a disease of the older population, but now we see it in people who are no older than 30 years old at times, especially if they are diabetic or if they smoke heavily. However, it is still more commonly encountered in people older than 50 overall. ...Read more

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What are the long and short term effects of coronary heart disease?

Highly variable: With spectrum being full longevity to death... Talk to treating cardiologist. ...Read more

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How does lifestyle affect the development of coronary heart disease?

Numerous ways: It is well-known that smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise can contribute to coronary disease, in part through effects on blood pressure and diabetes, and in part via more direct effects on the arteries. Stress can sometimes play a role in this in predisposed individuals. ...Read more

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How does a person's diet increase the risk of coronary heart disease?

How does a person's diet increase the risk of coronary heart disease?

Insulin resistance: Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full-blown diabetes, heart disease and htn. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can someone with coronary heart disease have/eat?

Please suggest what foods can someone with coronary heart disease have/eat?

Dietitian : Low saturated fat, low sodium, high potassium and magnesium, fish oils. Baked fish and skinless chicken, vegetables, oatmeal, whole grains. Ldl needs to be less than 100mg/dl. BP less than 130/80. See a dietitian or enter a cardiac rehab program. ...Read more

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Why do women < 55 have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those >55?

Why do women < 55 have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those >55?

Estrogen: Premenopausal women are protected by the estrogen their ovaries make. The exogenous estrogen taken after menopause doesn't do the job. There are many theories as to why endogenous estrogen is protective but beyond the scope of this forum. I have never seen a premenopausal woman with a heart attack unless she smokes or has diabetes. You can take that to the bank! ...Read more

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What is the difference between obstructive and non obstructive coronary heart disease?

What is the difference between obstructive and non obstructive coronary heart disease?

Degree of blockage: The degree of blockage and symptoms determines whether coronary artery disease is obstructive or not. Generally obstructive coronary artery disease may be associated with chest pain, shortness of breath etc. This is a true emergency. Non-obstructive may or may not have symptoms and may be treated medically. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease and how do you get it in the first place?

What are the symptoms of coronary heart disease and how do you get it in the first place?

CAD: Coronary artery disease occurs as a result of progressive obstruction of the lumen by atherosclerotic process. Sometimes it may end up in an acute myocardial infarction if the obstruction is more than 70%, with death of heart muscle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

Age @ time of dx: Premature basically refers to manifestation of coronary disease and/ or it's diagnosis before age 55 in men and pre-menopausal women. ...Read more

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How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults?

How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults?

Increasingly common.: With soaring obesity rates and more sedentary lifestyles in a society centered around the individual's pleasure, it is not surprising that the incidence of coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are all increasing in young adults... ...Read more

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What is the gold standard to diagnosis coronary heart disease?

What is the gold standard to diagnosis coronary heart disease?

Cardiac cath: 100% answer is cardiac cath and angiography
cta and cardiac MRI also helpful functional assessment is with stress test and per fusion scan. ...Read more

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Please explain why does grapefruit segments prevent coronary heart disease?

Grapefruit: Don't know where you got that one. Grapefruit could be a part of a healthful diet but I'm not aware of any study which shows that any specific food prevents cad. ...Read more

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Please explain what does colesterol have to do with coronary heart disease?

Please explain what does colesterol have to do with coronary heart disease?

Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the walls of the arteries is the root of coronary heart disease. Artery hardening is called atherosclerosis. This process is caused by high cholesterol deposits in the walls, stress on the walls by high blood pressure or smoking, and other unknown genetic causes. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

What are the treatments for coronary heart disease?

Numerous: Treatment depends on the extent of the problem. Exercise and a low cholesterol diet may have a role in prevention of cad. If CAD is present, low dose Aspirin (81 mg daily) can reduce risk of heart attack 50%. Cholesterol meds (statins) also lower risk 20-30%. If it is symptomatic (angina) medicines such as nitroglycerin, beta-blockers, and sometimes calcium channel blockers can be used. ...Read more

Dr. Rick Koch
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Coronary Artery Disease (Definition)

The leading cause of death and disability in adults in the U.S. It develops when lipid (fatty) plaques builds up in the arteries, 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


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more