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Detecting Blocked Coronary Arteries
Cardiac Cath: Still today, the most reliable means of demonstrating "blocked" arteries is cardiac catheterization otherwise known as angiography. Ct scan angiography when done in good hands and experienced centers, is also a reliable test, and if negative, makes it very unlikely that the person has significant disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Indirectly/Maybe: An electrocardiogram is a recording of a series of heartbeats in a moment in time. Depending on the severity of the blockage, the symptoms being experienced at the time, whether this was an ekg during exercise or stress or symptoms would all come into play as to the ability of the test to detect blockage. Not the best test but of use in the overall evaluation of cad. Get a complete evaluation. ...Read more
Plaque: Usuly means build.up of cholesterol in the arteries . While this is not good not every blocked artrry needs to be opened since the body can sometimes compensate . Generally.medical treatment os recommended unless the blockage is critical (left main coronary) or you are having chest pain that cant be controlled Key is.this.is.a warning and you need to rwduce your risk diet exercise no smoking ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: Far and away the most common reason for this is build up of plaque in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. This is caused by a combination of high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and aging. Reducing these risk factors (we can't do anything about age except exercise!) helps prevent this from happening. ...Read more
Can a cardiac MRI with contrast done at mayo see your coronary arteries ? And if anything is blocked ?
Yes: However: it is NOT a screening tool and should NOT be done in young, asymptomatic, healthy individual. Ask your statistician friends who will tell you that the accuracy of ANY test depends on the prevalence of the disease in the population you are studying and the pre- test chance of the disease in the individual being tested. Long answer to tell you that it is NOT first test that comes to mind ...Read more
Cardiologist?: This is a decision that needs to be made by you and your cardiologist based on the results of your exam and testing. The factors will include the degree of blockage and whether the blockage is in a place that can be easily stented. If it can't be stented then it must be bypassed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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