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What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

What is the principal sign of coronary artery disease?

Angina: At early stages it may not cause symptoms. Once blockages become more significant, chest pain and/or shortness of breath occur, usually worse with activity. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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What are signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease?

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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What's coronary artery disease?

What's coronary artery disease?

CAD: Coronary artery disease is defined as obstructive lesions in the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle. These start as areas of inflammation that progress into obstructions and affect the different layers of the blood vessel wall (from inside out). ...Read more

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What is coronary artery disease?

What is coronary artery disease?

Cholesterol plaquing: Cholesterol plaquing of the coronary arteries.

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What causes coronary artery disease?

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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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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Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Can coronary artery disease be treated?

Certainly: Evaluation by a primary care & cardiologist, reduce weight - BMI < 28, eat right: low fat, low (bad) cholesterol, consider high quality fish oil, cessation of smoking, exercise (if you are healthy enough per your physician), reduce alcohol consumption, take prescribed medications as directed. Know your numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and work with your physician to optimize them. ...Read more

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Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Can coronary artery disease be reversed?

Yes: Yes if on high dose statins for years it is possible to stabilize and slightly improve. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease be cured?

Not Really: Coronary artery disease, also referred to as CAD or cvd, can be controlled or ameliorated with diet, exercise, cessation of smoking, moderation of alcohol intake, diabetes control and medications. ...Read more

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What can lead to coronary artery disease?

What can lead to coronary artery disease?

Multiple causes: High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, genetics, cholesterol, are among the multitude of causes noted. ...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 can coronary artery disease be treated?

How can coronary artery disease be treated?

Minimize the Drivers: Optimize lipoprotein concentrations (ldl ; hdl, not cholesterol), low normal blood glucose: hba1c <5.0, low normal bp, don't smoke, stay physically active, confront and resolve stress, etc. This is the best approach. Conventional medical methods, angioplasty, stents, bypass surgery, etc. Only partially treat the symptoms ; further complicate the disease process (i have experience will all these). ...Read more

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How will fat cause coronary artery disease?

How will fat cause coronary artery disease?

LDL Cholesterol: More specifically, LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol gets deposited within the walls of the arteries. These deposits, known as plaque, can continue to build up causing narrowing of the arteries and may lead to blockage. If the involved arteries are in the coronary arteries, this leads to heart disease. ...Read more

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What happens during coronary artery disease?

What happens during coronary artery disease?

AtherosclerosisClots: The key issue is atherosclerosis: accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood & is primarily driven by lipoproteins (proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells) is dominant human behavior yet is typically ignored for decades because it remains asymptomatic until plaque ruptures release debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. ...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 to know if I have coronary artery disease?

Cath lab, CT, scans: CT scan can do a calcium count, which is related to disease. Cath lab can create dye studies of the arteries, which show blockage. A myocardial perfusion scan can show abnormal areas of blood flow on the heart, which is related to blocked arteries. 256 bit CT scans are getting very good at showing artery disease also. ...Read more

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What are the tests for coronary artery disease?

Several test.: There are several tests for coronary artery disease. A thorough history and physical exam, ekg, ct scan, nuclear studies are all helpful but the best test is a cardiac catheterization. The cardiologist will place a small catheter through a groin vessel up to the heart and inject a special dye into the coronary arteries. The pictures will show if there are any blockages or not. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary artery disease?

What are the causes of coronary artery disease?

CAD: Inflammatory changes first involving the intima and then the deeper layers of the blood vessel wall. ...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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Can you get coronary artery disease from drugs?

Can you get coronary artery disease from drugs?

Yes: "drugs" is a vague term but if you mean recreational drugs then yes. Marijuana is as bad if not worse than cigarettes. No filter, held for extended time in lungs, and often contains unknown contaminants. So if smoking is a known risk factor....Cocaine tends to cause intense coronary artery vasospasm. This can damage the endothelium and allow cholesterol to deposit in the vessels. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is coronary artery disease?

Atherosclerosis: Atheromatous plaque formation due to cholestrol deposits is the commenst form of coronary artery disease. It can lead to heart attacks and death. ...Read more

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What are the effects of coronary artery disease?

What are the effects of coronary artery disease?

Chest pain: This can result in chest pan on exertion and can lead to a heart attack where part of the heart muscle can be damaged. ...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?

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 are other names for coronary artery disease?

Few names: Atherosclerotic heart disease, angina, blocked arteries from plaque buildup, acute coronary syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for coronary artery disease?

Various: If you're asking how CAD is diagnosed, there are actually many ways. Direct testing can show it (ie stress test, calcium scan, catheterization). We also consider the presence of vascular disease elsewhere in the body to be equiv. To having cad. So if someone has blocked circulation in the legs, or a history of certain kinds of stroke, they'd be treated like they have cad. It's a systemic process. ...Read more

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What are common causes of coronary artery disease?

What are common causes of coronary artery disease?

Here are some causes: Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, family history, old age are the most common causes. ...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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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