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What are some of the treatments available for coronary artery blockage?

What are some of the treatments available for coronary artery blockage?

Treatment of CAD: Treatment falls into 3 categories. Medical therapy, angioplasty, and coronary bypass surgery. Medical therapy with Aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medications along with other medications usually forms the basis of treatment with angioplasty (stents) and bypass surgery reserved for those patients who do not respond fully to medical therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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What tests are available to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

What tests are available to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

Several: If a cardiologist suspects coronary artery blockage the first step will be a very complete history. A nuclear stress test is a common diagnostic test and cardiac ct angiograms are becoming more common. The next step is usually a diagnostic cardiac catheterizaiton. Also since approximately 80% of coronary artery disease, cad, patients have peripheral vascular disease, pvd, that will need eval to. ...Read more

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What are some of the consequences of coronary artery blockage?

What are some of the consequences of coronary artery blockage?

Chest pain: There may be no symptoms but if the blockage is severe enough, chest pain, especially on exertion, can occur. Also heart attack or even sudden death. Therefore, good to see your doctor and be advised of your risk factors and ways to prevent coronary artery blockage. ...Read more

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What tests are used to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

What tests are used to diagnose coronary artery blockage?

Invasive and non: Coronary blockage is defined as enough narrowing to cause symptoms, or to show up on a stress test. Stress tests look for signs of reduced heart muscle oxygen supply (e.g. Ekg changes during exercise, weak heart squeezing on echo, or nuclear perfusion defects). Angiography ("cardiac cath") is invasive, injecting dye into the arteries to image blockages, and stents can be inserted at the same time. ...Read more

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What metabolic activities occur coronary artery blockage?

What metabolic activities occur coronary artery blockage?

Coronary arteries: Please rephrase this questions it doesn't make any sense in its current form. I'd be glad to answer if i can understand what you are asking :-). ...Read more

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Can you explain the metabolic mechanisms that take place during coronary artery blockage?

Can you explain the metabolic mechanisms that take place during coronary artery blockage?

Yes: A coronary artery blockage of myocardial infarction (heart attack) occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque ruptures losing its fibrous cap and lipid core thereby exposing type-4 collagen which is very prothrombotic (clot promoting). It is the blood clot forming at the ruptured plaque that shuts down the coronary artery. ...Read more

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What could cause a high (1100+) right coronary artery score and yet after a angiogram, they find no blockage?

What could cause a high (1100+) right coronary artery score and yet after a angiogram, they find no blockage?

Great question: An angiogram is showing plaque buildup that is impacting blood flow within the lumen of the vessel but before you have that happen you can get atherosclerotic buildup within the wall of the vessel that grows outward. This can be seen by CT but can appear very minimal on an angiogram. However if you have a CT with high calcium score I recommend medical therapy for coronary disease (statin, aspirin) ...Read more

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What would cause a high (1100+) right coronary artery score and yet after an angiogram, they find no blockage?

Calcicardiogram: The study you refer to scores calcium in vessel walls. This does not always correlate with coronary obstruction. It does imply the disease process is present. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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


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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more