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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Artery Disease Vs Atherosclerosis

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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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Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

Absolutely: Genes play a large part in acquiring heart disease. Treatment of modifiable risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol , hypertension and diabetes is even more important in those with a family history. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Sort of: Yes it runs in families so if your parents have it you are more likely to also. This is partly because risk factors such as diabetes are also inherited. It is very complicated however, much more so than hair or eye color for instance because there are so many factors to consider. ...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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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

Same: Basically similar names for the same problem. Each discribes a problem with the circulation of the heart the cornary arteries. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

All related: Ischemic heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease. Some people call coronary artery disease coronary heart disease. When a coronary artery closes up, the heart tissie it supplied may die and that is called a heart attack. The dead heart tissue scars down, when there is a lot of damaged tissue the heart may start failing and that is called ischemic heart disease. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease also known as arteriosclerosis and myocardial infarction?

Is coronary artery disease also known as arteriosclerosis and myocardial infarction?

Yes and no: Atherosclerosis is narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels. It occurs in people with high cholesterol , with hypertension and can run in families. Myocardial infarction is a " heart attack" caused by a decreased blood supply to the heart. The most common cause of myocardial infarction is coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis). ...Read more

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What causes coronary artery disease?

Cholesterol: Most, but not all, coronary artery disease he is due to cholesterol buildup within the walls of the coronary arteries in the heart. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

They are the same: We prefer to use the term pad now but when people use the older term, pvd, they mean the same thing. ...Read more

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Is peripheral vascular disease considered reversible?

Is peripheral vascular disease considered reversible?

Not really: Peripheral vascular disease is not necessarily reversible, but its risk can be successfully managed. The pillars of treatment are, 1) smoking cessation, 2) anti- platelet therapy (aspirin/ plavix), and 3) statin therapy to lower cholesterol. There have been anecdotal reports of plaque reversal but this does not happen for everybody. ...Read more

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Any of you treating atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

Any of you treating atherosclerosis or CAD coronary arterial disease?

Any who are not?: That's a very common condition for doctors to be treating. Go ahead and ask a question. ...Read more

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What is coronary artery disease?

Cholesterol plaquing: Cholesterol plaquing of the coronary arteries.

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How effective is coronary artery bypass surgery for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is coronary artery bypass surgery for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Coronary artery dise: CABG is very effective at improving the symptoms of CAD in appropriate patients. Generally over 90% get good relief of symptoms sometimes for many years. The actual disease process isn't treated so CABG must be associated with diet, exercise and drug therapy long term. for the best results. ...Read more

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What is the difference between coronary artery disease and ischemic heart disease?

They are related: But the technical difference would be related to whether the blockages in the arteries (coronary disease) are causing the heart to get less blood flow and oxygen than it needs to function properly (ischemic disease). You can have coronary disease without ischemia, but other than unusual conditions, it's less likely to have ischemia without coronary disease. ...Read more

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What is nonobstructive coronary artery disease?

What is nonobstructive coronary artery disease?

Atherosclerosis: The vessel wall has "rust" on the wall but there is still flow. As it further builds up it can become obstructive. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more