what is coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery

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My husband is been diagnose with coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery. I would like to know more about this and how I can help him?

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Coronary artery disease is the accumulation of cholesterol plaques in the lining of the blood vessels that go to the heart. It is caused by inflammation and has a dietary component too. Talk to a Cardiologist and a Heart Surgeon. It is important to know how he was diagnosed and family history is critical. Learn the sigs and symptoms of a heart attack for him and you.
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Dr. Mai T. Pham answered:

What does coronary atherosclerosis native mean?

Arterial narrowing

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Plaque build up within the blood vessel supplying blood flow to the heart.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What is coronary atherosclerosis?

Plaque buildup

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Little spots along the coronary arteries (they "crown" the heart) develop patches of macrophages that become loaded with cholesterol, and eventually scarring narrows the artery; the spot may burst or a bleed into the spot, either causing sudden death. There are many fewer deaths from coronary atherosclerosis today than in the past, mostly due to healthier lifestyles
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Is there something that starts in teenagers that causes them to later get coronary atherosclerosis?

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The most famous example is from autopsies of US soldiers (ages 18 and above) who died in Vietnam. The aortas of many demonstrated fat-laden cells which are the first step toward atherosclerosis. No data, to my knowledge about corresponding lifestyles, but we know many were smokers.
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Dr. Laura K. Pak answered:

Is there many vegans that get coronary atherosclerosis?

There can be

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There are multiple risk factors for atherosclerosis: hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history of heart disease or stroke, getting older, being a man. Being a vegan may help with dietary concerns that influence cholesterol levels, but it does not negate heriditary risk.
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Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?

No

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Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of the heart) rather than symptomatic coronary atherosclerosis. However, early athersclerotic changes have been observed in arteries of some children. This is especially true for children at risk with obesity, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels.
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Dr. Jeffrey Indes answered:

Is there any cases where teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis visible on CT scans already?

Coronary in teens

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Not unless they have genetic disorder
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Would you most likely have high blood pressure if you have coronary atherosclerosis?

Depends

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While high blood pressure, or hypertension is a risk factor for cardiovascular disese like stroke and heart attacks, many people may develop coronary atherosclerosis (blockages) without necessarily having high blood pressures. Other risk factors; LDL cholesterol, family history, smoking and diabetes, among others, are also important contributors
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Does everyone with high cholesterol and high blood pressure automatically have coronary atherosclerosis?

No

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Vascular diseases are multifactorial. However, not controlling your medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. can make you more prone to developing vascular problems, and clearly if you already have coronary or peripheral vascular disease, not managing these issues will lead to more rapid progression of the disease process.
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Would you most likely have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure as cause of coronary atherosclerosis?

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High blood press and high cholesterol are two of the risk factors for development of coronary disease. Other risk factors include diabetes, cigarette smoking, and positive family history. Other factors may include lack of exercise, obesity, stress and type A personality. Some people with normal BP and cholesterol may develop heart disease. The more risks factors one has raise the odds.
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