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Doctor insights on: Detecting Blocked Coronary Arteries

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What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

What technology can detect 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 more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Can an electrocardiogram detect blocked coronary arteries?

Can an electrocardiogram detect blocked coronary arteries?

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

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How can the coronary arteries become blocked?

How can the coronary arteries become blocked?

Atherosclerosis: A process that begins at birth. It can progress due to smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and in those with a family history. Know your risk factors and be proactive in treating them. ...Read more

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My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What does that mean exactly?

My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What does that mean exactly?

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

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My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What are the possible causes?

My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What are the possible causes?

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

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What happens if the coronary artery is blocked for a few seconds?

Heart Attack: Blockage of a coronary artery is a heart attack. If the blockage is relieved within seconds, damage can be avoided. The symptoms would be the same as any heart attack--ranging from none to severe chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop coronary arteries from bieng blocked by plaque?

Know your numbers: Speak with you doctor about your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels. Regular exercise and limitation of fatty, cholesterol containing food in your diet is likely to help. ...Read more

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Can a cardiac MRI with contrast done at mayo see your coronary arteries ? And if anything is blocked ?

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

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Is a blocked coronary artery and and a blocked coronary vessel the same thing?

Is a blocked coronary artery and and a blocked coronary vessel the same thing?

Essentially yes.: A blood vessel could be either an artery or a vein. Blocked coronary vessels are, essentially always arteries, as atherosclerosis occurs in the middle layer of an artery (that the veins don't have). So, all arteries are vessels, but not all vessels are arteries. ...Read more

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Should I get a stent or have bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery?

Should I get a stent or have bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery?

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 more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Cardiac (Definition)

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