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I am 17 years old. I had a block in my coronary artery. Is this common among teens?

I am 17 years old. I had a block in my coronary artery. Is this common among teens?

No: It is extremely rare for a teenager to have a blockage in a coronary artery. Atheroscleosclerosis is the process that usually causes blockage in arteries but only slowly progresses with symptoms beginning in middle age or rarely in some families at a younger age. Congenital abnormalities with aberrant coronary origins or single coronaries can occasionally cause heart problems in teenagers. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Artery (Definition)

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


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What is a common cause of coronary artery disease in teens?

What is a common cause of coronary artery disease in teens?

Different than adult: The type of heart disease seen in teenagers is different from that seen in adults. Some problems are congenital (born with them) that only become apparent in the teenage years. Some common diagnoses include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, myocarditis (viral infection), pericarditis, and marfan syndrome. There are variety of congenital metabolic disorders which are uncommon such as glycogen-storage. ...Read more

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Is it possible not to have any plaque in your coronary arteries at age 27? 0? Cleveland clinic says it's starts in your teens? Explain please?

Is it possible not to have any plaque in your coronary arteries at age 27? 0? Cleveland clinic says it's starts in your teens? Explain please?

Coronary plaque: Plaque can start at young ages. It is usually not obstructive until middle age however, but that isn't an absolute rule. It is prudent to have a good diet and exercise program starting in childhood to help minimize your chances of obstructive plaque. For some people medications are needed to control their lipids and vascular inflammation caused by atherosclerotic processes. ...Read more

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I am 45 years old .CT coronary angiography reveals short segment stenosis in mid circumflex. No stenosis in the rest of the coronary arteries with LVEF of 51%.how dangerous is this n how can this be treated. Kindly help?

I am 45 years old .CT coronary angiography reveals short segment stenosis in mid circumflex. No stenosis in the rest of the coronary arteries with LVEF of 51%.how dangerous is this n how can this be treated. Kindly help?

Degree of stenosis?: Is the stenosis in the mid circumflex of mild, moderate, or severe degree? Would you happen to know the TIMI score of that lesion? (It's a rather technical question, so you Cardiologist will know perhaps but you may not). If it is TIMI score of more than 3, causing symptoms or EKG changes, then it can be "reopened" using angioplasty or a stent. Talk to a Cardiologist about it. The EF is little low ...Read more

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For the average 46yr old male, how much would the coronary arteries be partially blocked, what percent would be considered "normal" for this age?

For the average 46yr old male, how much would the coronary arteries be partially blocked, what percent would be considered "normal" for this age?

Minimal.: Although autopsy studies of young soldiers confirmed the presence of minimal streaks of disease in their aortas, significant narrowing of the coronary arteries of the average 46 yr old male would be noted in only a minority of persons. This favorably low incidence of disease pertains especially in those whose lifestyle and personal investment in ones own health are optimal. Risk management helps ...Read more

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Life expectancy of a 59-year-old male, type 1 diabetic after receiving a right coronary artery stent, while having the other side of heart scarred..?

Life expectancy of a 59-year-old male, type 1 diabetic after receiving a right coronary artery stent, while having the other side of  heart scarred..?

Difficult to sat: Risk assessment over 5 years as described is well validated. Predicting lifespan is challenging. Aggressive management of risk factors in close coordination with your doctors and specialists is crucial. ...Read more

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My 17 year old daughter has a mass occluding and surrounding her superior mesentary artery the size of a baseball. Rare, not a lot of info, help!

My 17 year old daughter has a mass occluding and surrounding her superior mesentary artery the size of a baseball.  Rare, not a lot of info, help!

Need a specialist: Not enough info to give you specific advice. Mass - is it a tumor? Fatty tissue? Cyst? Do you know yet? Your daughter needs to be evaluated by a specialist or 2 or 3, probably at the closest children's hospital. Pronto! best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Is als the cause for muscle twitches and weakness in a 17 year old? Or any one in there teens?

Is als the cause for muscle twitches and weakness in a 17 year old? Or any one in there teens?

Twitches: There are many conditions that cause muscles to twitch. Many of these are either benign (cramp fasciculation syndrome or benign fasciculation syndrome) or more significant like channelopathies in which muscle and nerves are unstable and result in frequent twitches. 17 year old rarely have motor neuron disease and even less frequently when they do have motor neuron disease is it ALS. ...Read more

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How to deal with dental phobia in teens. 17 year old girl who fights and screams at the dental office. Cannot afford sedation?

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How to deal with dental phobia in teens.
17 year old girl who fights and screams at the dental office.
Cannot afford sedation?

Anxiety management: for patients with moderate or severe levels of dental phobia, psychological and pharmacological interventions are required. Without treatment, dental phobia is likely to get worse over time. See a pain psychologist for CBT. ...Read more

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I had Angioplasty done on two coronary arteries in April, 2015. I'm 74 years. What type of exercise & upto what duration per week is safe for me?

I had Angioplasty done on two coronary arteries in April, 2015. I'm 74 years. What type of exercise & upto what duration per week is safe for me?

Start with walking: You may walk as long and as fast as tolerated. You may be able to increase the rigor of the exercise with continued experience. If you get breathless or have chest pain, limit your exercise and see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had an angioplasty two years ago and now he has a stent in his coronary arteries and also he takes Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 every day?

What do you recommend if I had an angioplasty two years ago and now he has a stent in his coronary arteries and also he takes Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 every day?

Medical management: Sounds like you have a significant cardiac history. You need to really modify your lifestyle and optimize it. Good diet, exercise, no smoking and careful follow-up with you PMD and cardiologist ...Read more

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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


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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more