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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy Coronary Artery Disease

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What is this life expectancy for someone with coronary artery disease?

What is this life expectancy for someone with coronary artery disease?

Depends: Also depends nature of severity of disease process, life style and if the disease process is being address. You have to be more specific with the diagnose, for example, some one with severe 3 vessel disease without revasculizations will be different if he/she has surgery or medical tx. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Help please! Is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Help please! Is angina a life-threatning symptom of a coronary artery disease?

Angina: Angina means chest pain with exertion. Stable angina is not a life threatning. Most of the times it can be managed medically. If symptoms are becoming more frequent and longer in duration then at that time you may need to have an angiogram. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to obtain life insurance with coronary artery disease?

How difficult is it to obtain life insurance with coronary artery disease?

It will cost more: Health insurance measures your risk of getting sick and bases your premiums on that. The sicker you are the more your insurance will cost. ...Read more

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Can children have coronary artery disease?

Can children have coronary artery disease?

Yes: With explosion of obesity in children, early coronary plaque is possible by their 18th birthday. ...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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How can you control coronary artery disease?

How can you control coronary artery disease?

Cad: Coronary artery disease can be controlled with risk factor modification. No smoking, weight control, cholesterol management, diabetes control, hypertension control. Daily exercise for healthy heart and good diet ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease acute or chronic?

Is coronary artery disease acute or chronic?

Chronic is Typical: Artery disease, especially in the heart arteries, is dominant human behavior, typically starts in childhood yet is typically ignored for decades because it remains asymptomatic until plaque ruptures release debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. These plaque ruptures are the basis for acute symptomatic disease. Thus best to treat the driving factors early, not wait for symptoms. ...Read more

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Where does coronary artery disease originate?

Where does coronary artery disease originate?

CAD: Coronary artery disease, just as disease in other arteries, is the result of a long time process initiated by:
1. Genetic pre-disposition
2. Uncontrolled/untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol/triglycerides
3. Smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, stress. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have coronary artery disease?

How do I know if I have coronary artery disease?

Interview, HeartScan: The first step at risk stratification is interview and exam by a physician. That being said, a "heart scan" / "coronary calcium score" is a very precise way of detecting a tendancy for early CAD. ...Read more

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What is a concept map of coronary artery disease?

What is a concept map of coronary artery disease?

Anatomy: Hello noni --
i think you are referring to a coronary anatomy -- so for every procedure and surgery, the surgeon must know the anatomy of the organ they are trying to operate -- and in case of coronary anatomy, they vary some, so diagnostic evaluation is done preceding any surgical contemplation. ...Read more

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What people are at risk for coronary artery disease?

What people are at risk for coronary artery disease?

5 risk factors: The 5 major risk factors are cigarettes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, and family history of coronary artery disease. The more of these risk factors you have, the higher the risk of coronary artery disease. However, the absence of any of these risk factors is not absolute protection against coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Is there a cure available for coronary artery disease?

Strictly speaking,: No. But there are many modalities that are preventive and/or therapeutic. ...Read more

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Is eccp useful in reversal of coronary artery disease?

No: May help some angina patients but is not a reversal of the disease process in general.
Bypass can also stabilize and give marked increase in coronary blood flow for a durable time if patient has suitable anatomy. ...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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What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease in women?

What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease in women?

CAD in women: Often women have the same symptoms as men, however, women can more frequently than men have atypical symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath or heart failure. This is because women develop heart disease at an older age and with other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. ...Read more

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What are some interesting facts about coronary artery disease?

Time of onset: Researchers have shown the earliest manifestations of coronary disease in teenagers that have died from car accidents and soldiers that died on the battlefield. In both types of research, the patients included were either teenagers for in their early 20s. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is good for lessening your coronary artery disease?

What kind of exercise is good for lessening your coronary artery disease?

Aerobic: Under supervision by your md, aerobic exercise will help recruit smaller arteries that feed your heart muscles and can develop natural bypasses around narrowed coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease deadly?

Is coronary artery disease deadly?

Coronary disease: Number one cause of death in men and women. ...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?

Dominant Behavior: The key issue: atherosclerosis, an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood & primarily driven by lipoproteins (the proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells) is dominant human behavior yet is typically ignored because it remains asymptomatic for decades until plaque rupture releases debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. ...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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Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Calcified CAD: Plaque in coronary arteries is in a real sense abnormal tissue. Calcium tends to accumulate in abnormal tissues in our bodies. This phenomenon is called dystrophic calcification. The amount of coronary artery calcium as detected by specialized ct scans can be used as a predictor of future cardiac events such as heart attack. ...Read more

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How can a coronary artery disease patient be managed?

How can a coronary artery disease patient be managed?

Manage: Stop smoking, lose weight: BMI <28, very healthy low fat diet (some suggest an anti-inflammatory diet), exercise, control diabetes/check blood sugar, regular check ups to review cholesterol, bp, sugar, BMI in check and take medications as prescribed. ...Read more

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Who is responsible for naming coronary artery disease?

Giovanni Morgagni?: Giovanni morgagni is generally considered the father of anatomical pathology -- and may have been first to name the blood vessels around the heart, "coronary." they sit like a "crown" (latin: "coronarius") upon the heart. Morgagni also described "hardening" of these arteries. Many others, of course, have also contributed to the development of these ideas. ...Read more

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What patients are effected by coronary artery disease?

What patients are effected by coronary artery disease?

Vast Majority: Atherosclerosis (known to start ~age 7), is dominant human behavior yet typically remains asymptomatic for decades because the disease is in the walls & the arteries enlarge, compensating for the disease. It is plaque ruptures, debris downstream & clots which produce the blood flow obstructions, heart muscle damage & death. Stress tests overwhelmingly miss the disease until after it is advanced. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease?

Sometimes none: Coronary disease may have no symptoms until a heart attack occurs. The most common symptom is chest tightness, felt under the breastbone, though it may be felt in the jaw or left arm. "angina" is chest pain that comes with physical or emotional stress, when the heart is working harder. The pain o a heart attack is similar but can come at rest and lasts longer. ...Read more

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How can I prevent from getting coronary artery disease?

How can I prevent from getting coronary artery disease?

Basic things: Watch your weight. Exercise. Control your blood pressure and cholesterol. If you are a diabetic, keep your sugar under control. Take your medication, if any. And above all, don't smoke. ...Read more

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How can you prevent from getting coronary artery disease?

Change life style: To prevent CAD risk factor modification is the key. Keep cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes under excellent control. Beside that cardiovascular exercise daily and do not smoke. Stress management is important as well. These are called the modifiable risk that somone can manage. ...Read more

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How effective is atherectomy for coronary artery disease?

How effective is atherectomy for coronary artery disease?

Very effective: Rotational atherectomy is a niche tool. Some kinds of coronary blockages are not amenable to stenting, particularly those which contain a large amount of calcium. These blockages are very hard and the stent cannot easily expand. Rotational atherectomy is very effective in opening heavily calcified arteries. Rotational atherectomy is not required in the majority of angioplasties. ...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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What are the symptoms of coronary artery disease (cad) in men?

CAD in men: Often there are no symptoms until patients develop chest pain or angina. The pain may be in the chest, shoulder, jaw, epigastric area or arm. Usually there are associated with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness and/or diaphoresis. The hallmark of cardiac chest pain is that it comes and goes with activity and resolves with rest. ...Read more

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Does high levels of salt contribute to coronary artery disease?

Indirectly: High salt intake, in some people, is associated with development of high blood pressure, hypertension. High blood pressure is an important factor in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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How do I know whether I have angina or coronary artery disease?

Symptom vs disease: Angina, or chest pain or angina equivalents (there are many) are a symptom usually of heart disease. Coronary artery disease, cad, is a progressive disease: plaque builds up in the arteries of the heart and this can lead to blockage (s), ischemia (insufficient blood flow) which can cause pain or angina. ...Read more

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Which percentage of coronary artery disease patients are female?

Varies by age: It varies by age, younger women have less CAD than men (<45); however as they (women aproach 65 to 70) the percentages even out (55% men 45% women). ...Read more

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I'm diabetic, am I more likely to develop coronary artery disease?

I'm diabetic, am I more likely to develop coronary artery disease?

Yes: The answer is yes. But by strictly controlling your diabetes, stopping smoking - if you smoke, staying at a very healthy weight, eating properly, exercising (if you have health problems consult your doctor before starting any exercise program) every day, taking any prescribed medications as instructed and having regular check-ups to catch changes quickly you can impact your health tremendously. ...Read more

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With coronary artery disease am I more susceptible for having a stroke?

With coronary artery disease am I more susceptible for having a stroke?

Yes: The artery disease is not necessarily limited to just your coronary arteries. If you have it in one area, it probably is in other areas. So you are also subject to have strokes, kidney disease, and disease of the arteries in the legs for instance. Also certain complications of the coronary disease or its treatment could make you more at risk for a stroke. ...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. Patricia Foster
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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