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Doctor insights on: Inoperable Coronary Artery Disease

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Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Certainly: Evaluation by a primary care & cardiologist, reduce weight - BMI < 28, eat right: low fat, low (bad) cholesterol, consider high quality fish oil, cessation of smoking, exercise (if you are healthy enough per your physician), reduce alcohol consumption, take prescribed medications as directed. Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and work with your physician to optimize them. ...Read more

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Yes: Yes if on high dose statins for years it is possible to stabilize and slightly improve. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease be cured?

How can coronary artery disease be cured?

Not Really: Coronary artery disease, also referred to as CAD or cvd, can be controlled or ameliorated with diet, exercise, cessation of smoking, moderation of alcohol intake, diabetes control and medications. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease be treated?

How can coronary artery disease be treated?

Minimize the Drivers: Optimize lipoprotein concentrations (ldl ; hdl, not cholesterol), low normal blood glucose: hba1c <5.0, low normal bp, don't smoke, stay physically active, confront and resolve stress, etc. This is the best approach. Conventional medical methods , angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery, etc. Only partially treat the symptoms ; further complicate the disease process (i have experience will all these). ...Read more

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What happens during coronary artery disease?

What happens during coronary artery disease?

AtherosclerosisClots: The key issue is atherosclerosis: accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood & is primarily driven by lipoproteins (proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells) is dominant human behavior yet is typically ignored for decades because it remains asymptomatic until plaque ruptures release debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. ...Read more

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How to know if I have coronary artery disease?

How to know if I have coronary artery disease?

Cath lab , CT, scans: CT scan can do a calcium count, which is related to disease. Cath lab can create dye studies of the arteries, which show blockage. A myocardial perfusion scan can show abnormal areas of blood flow on the heart, which is related to blocked arteries. 256 bit CT scans are getting very good at showing artery disease also. ...Read more

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What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

Several test.: There are several tests for coronary artery disease. A thorough history and physical exam, ekg, ct scan, nuclear studies are all helpful but the best test is a cardiac catheterization. The cardiologist will place a small catheter through a groin vessel up to the heart and inject a special dye into the coronary arteries. The pictures will show if there are any blockages or not. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for coronary artery disease?

Various: If you're asking how CAD is diagnosed, there are actually many ways. Direct testing can show it (ie stress test, calcium scan, catheterization). We also consider the presence of vascular disease elsewhere in the body to be equiv. To having cad. So if someone has blocked circulation in the legs, or a history of certain kinds of stroke, they'd be treated like they have cad. It's a systemic process. ...Read more

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What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

Angina: At early stages it may not cause symptoms. Once blockages become more significant, chest pain and/or shortness of breath occur, usually worse with activity. ...Read more

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What is the principal symptom of coronary artery disease?

What is the principal symptom of coronary artery disease?

Many symptoms: Many symptoms. The most common are chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, arm pain, sweating, fatigue, abdominal pain, leg pain, dizziness and also back pain. Sometimes coronary artery disease is a stealth disease and there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there gender differences in regards to levels of coronary artery disease?

Yes: Men have higher rates of CAD and they tend to suffer at an earlier age. This is part of the reason the life expectancy of men is shorter than women. ...Read more

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Are there racial differences in regards to levels of coronary artery disease?

Always: Many stuides show differences among racial lines; my personal opinion is that these really demonstrate differences in socioeconomic levels. I feel it is much more dependent upon income levels and the types of foods and lifestyle a person leads. Lower socioeconomic groups tend to eat foods that are less healthy and engage in alcohol and tobacco use as well as engaging in less exercise. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease contagious?

Is coronary artery disease contagious?

Causes for cad: Not contagious in the sense of an infectious exposure. There are strong genetic risks, and people living together tend to make similar diet and lifestyle choices, so clustering of CAD cases does occur. ...Read more

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How common is coronary artery disease cad?

How common is coronary artery disease cad?

Depends: Coronary artery disease is the #1 killer of adults in the United States ahead of cancer. Your individual risk of coronary disease is based on your risk factors. The risk can be predicted using a publicly available risk predictor: http://www.Medcalc.Com/heartrisk.Html. ...Read more

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How do you prevent coronary artery disease?

How do you prevent coronary artery disease?

Start early!: The most important part is to start early! heart disease takes decades to develop. There are many factors that we can control, diet and exercise being most important. In addition, not smoking and reducing stress are key actions. Genetic predisposition is not modifiable: if your mother or father had a heart attack before 60 years of age, you might be at risk. Consider a preventive visit! ...Read more

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Does an echo detect coronary artery disease?

May be: Echocardiograms are very good at seeing the function of the heart muscle. If coronary artery disease has damaged the heart, the weekend part of the heart will be visible on an echocardiogram. However, significant blockage can occur without damage. A resting echocardiogram will not be able to see this. A stress echocardiogram, however, may be effective in detecting this type of disease. ...Read more

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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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Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

Does a regular echo detect coronary artery disease?

It indirectly can: An echocardiogram can show the heart valves, heart chamber size, and contraction of the left and right ventricles that pump blood out of the heart. If a particular wall of the left ventricle does not contract normally, it is likely an indication of coronary artery disease of a significant severity. ...Read more

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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. Walter Husar
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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