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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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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 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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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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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. Suzanne Galli
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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