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Main Heart Arteries
I was recently told that I have calcium developing in my main heart artery! What does that mean and what can I do? I had weight loss surgery 2 yrs ago
Marker: Calcium may be a marker of blockage developing. Best plan is to be followed by cardiologist who will assess all your risk factors and suggest ways to minimize risk of allowing coronary disease to progress. Will also allow creation of testing schedule to follow for ongoing evaluation. Also recommend looking into things you can do to lower your riskd on your own as well, like not smoking ...Read more
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
How come I always have a fever? Low grade and high. I have a stent in main artery of heart and broke 27 bones. That was over 2 years ago
My husbands 3 main arteries are severely damaged. Hes had a few heart attacks in the past and now he wants to have bypass surgery done. Can he travel.
What part of the heart would receive less blood if the were a blockage in the left main coronary artery?
Left main: most of the blood to the left ventricle passes thru the left main. That is why it is such a serious lesion. ...Read more
My boyfriend went to the ER with blood filled lungs and a pressure build up by the main artery leading to his heart, what could it be?
Clarification needed: This sounds like partial information. If you are not sure what happened to him, call the hospital back and insist on speaking to a physician who can clearly explain what happened to him. This sounds like heart failure, but poorly explained to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you recommend if I had a heart angiogram with 70% blockage in my left main coronary artery.no stint.dr afraid he would block.why?
Bypass surgery: everything is a balance between risk/benefit. often with a > 50% left main blockage, a bypass surgery is the safest choice. medical therapy alone carries a high risk of sudden death due to the severity of the blockage. a stent placement there, though relatively simple - might have a catastrophic outcome if any slight thing went wrong. a stent is indicated if surgery is higher than usual risk. ...Read more
If the main right artery to the heart is 100% occluded by a blood clot, would this cause sudden death? If so would the patient feel any pain?
What is likelyhood of having heart attack or angina after angioplasty (balloon) & stent placed on main artery?
Angioplasty/stent : Heart attack is not necessarily prevented by angioplasty or stent. We do treat the underlying disease aggressively as well as dual anti platelet therapy to prevent stent thrombosis. If you smoke it negates much of the treatment. Most people do well after angioplasty and stenting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms?: If you have symptoms (angina or heart attack), you need to be under a doctor's care. For everyone concerned about arteriosclerosis: don't smoke, eat a Mediterranean Diet, keep BP under control, try to be optimal weight, exercise daily. If you're >65, have diabetes, or known blockage, take aspirin daily (at least 75 mg). ...Read more
Ensure blood supply: The question is a little vague but i will try to explain. The small arteries to the heart (the coronary arteries) are what supply blood to the hearyt to keep it pumping. The big artery from the heart supplies the systemic circulation. If the small arteries get blocked, then you have a heart attack and may die. Any surgical proceedure may put enough stress on the heart to have a heart attack. ...Read more
I am assuming you : Are talking about coronary artery disease in the form of an atheromatous plague occlusive disease. Also I am assuming you don't have a heart attack. If above is right, you are supposed to be under the care of a cardiologist now. Drug treatment, stress test, 2d echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and evaluation for a possible revascularization procedure already possibly done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not often: A ct angio may be a reasonable alternative. Sounds like the cath is being performed because it can be not because it needs to be. ...Read more