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Doctor insights on: Why Is Cigarette Smoking A Risk Factor Of Coronary Artery Disease

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Why is cigarette smoking a risk factor of coronary artery disease?

Why is cigarette smoking a risk factor of coronary artery disease?

Smoking Vascular Dz: Smoking accelerates the development of atherosclerosis (plaque formation / cholesterol build-up / formation of blockages) in blood vessels. The exact mechanism is not understood. Studies show that high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cigarette smoking together increase the risk seven times. If you smoke several packs/day for several years, this increases your risk two fold. ...Read more

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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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How effective is smoking cessation for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is smoking cessation for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Coronary artery dise: Smoking is extremely effective at making CAD worse. Stopping smoking helps keep it from getting worse in concert with other treatments. ...Read more

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I smoke have chest pains been evaluated by doctors what is the likelihood that I have coronary artery disease? Trying to quit smoking any suggestions?

I smoke have chest pains been evaluated by doctors what is the likelihood that I have coronary artery disease? Trying to quit smoking any suggestions?

Determination: Your chances of having significant coronary disease at 25 is minimal. Smoking is by choice, as is stopping. The first and most successful step is to decide to stop. Everything else is window dressing. Don't buy them, you won't smoke them. ...Read more

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Need to know if I have a risk factor of coronary artery disease?

Need to know if I have a risk factor of coronary artery disease?

See below: The most common riak factors are : family history . Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking ., age>45 in men, >55 in women. ...Read more

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Do I have any risk factors of coronary artery disease? 59, female, BMI 28, sedentary?

Do I have any risk factors of coronary artery disease? 59, female, BMI 28, sedentary?

Low risk: Your sendintary lifestyle is a risk. However, the most common and serious risk factors are smoking, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, genetics, age, and obesity. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

What are risk factors for coronary artery disease?

Several: There several risk factors (CRF) for coronary artery disease, some modifiable and some not. Non-modifiable crfs include family history (genetics), sex and age. Some modifiable crfs which can be treated with medications or lifestyle changes include smoking, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol status, particularly LDL or "bad" cholesterol. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors associated with coronary artery disease?

What are some of the risk factors associated with coronary artery disease?

5 major: There are 5 major risk factors for coronary artery disease. They include diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, cigarettes, and family history of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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I just found out my husband passed due to acute cocaine intoxication and the contributing factor was severe coronary artery disease. Is there any way to find out if he was a habitual cocaine user? I am not aware that he was. I just received the call from

I just found out my husband passed due to acute cocaine intoxication and the contributing factor was severe coronary artery disease. Is there any way to find out if he was a habitual cocaine user? I am not aware that he was. I just received the call from

Hair testing: if he has already been buried (or worse, cremated) it would be difficult to have him disinterred for that kind of testing, but if his comb or hairbrush is still around, that may have enough hair (especially longer strands) to have testing done. It is not inexpensive, and usually has to be ordered by doctor or police authorities. Hair testing can accurately determine times of prior use. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to obtain life insurance with coronary artery disease?

How difficult is it to obtain life insurance with coronary artery disease?

It will cost more: Health insurance measures your risk of getting sick and bases your premiums on that. The sicker you are the more your insurance will cost. ...Read more

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Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting coronary artery disease less likely?

Are there lifestyle changes that really make getting coronary artery disease less likely?

Absolutely: Lifestyle changes likely have more effect on preventing coronary artery disease than any "medical intervention". The big ones are not smoking, regular exercise, and what is sometimes described as a "mediterranean diet": abundant fruits and vegetables, olive oil as the principal source of fat, fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, red meat in low amounts, red wine in low amounts. ...Read more

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What is coronary artery disease -- hypertension?

What is coronary artery disease -- hypertension?

Easy one: Coronary artery disease is the build up of atherosclerotic fat plaques in the arteries of the heart. These can partially block blood flow to the heart muscle causing angina or block completely and cause a heart attack. Hypertension is high blood pressure which can be caused by a variety of medical conditions. ...Read more

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How does coronary artery disease disrupt homeostasis?

How does coronary artery disease disrupt homeostasis?

Can weaken the heart: If the blockage results in a heart attack, the heart muscle can get damaged and not contract as hard. That would definitely disrupt homeostasis. ...Read more

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What is coronary artery disease without hypertension?

What is coronary artery disease without hypertension?

Still CAD: Coronary artery disease is when cholesterol builds up in the coronary arteries. Hypertension is simply one of the risk factors. Just like diabetes, smoking, age, gender, postmenopausal, etc.You dont need all of them to have cad. ...Read more

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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


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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