What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

Usually pain. A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath.

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What tests are used to determine if you have clogged arteries in the heart?

Risk assessment. Tests used depends on your risk and if you have any symptoms. Your doctor will start by doing a history and physical exam. If there is still a suspicion after this he/she will order either blood work, ecg, a stress test or cardiac ct, or any combination of the above. It is possible that after the history & physical your doctor determines that you do not even need any of these tests. Read more...
Options. The gold stndrd is "cardiac cath, " where tiny wire & tube are fed from artery in groin or arm to vessels of heart and dye is injected by fluoroscopy to create a roadmap of heart's vessels--can also open / stent narrow/clogged arteries. Other ways are indirect & include ct scan that looks for calcium in heart vessels (=blockage) or a nuclear med study looking for uptake by heart muscle. Read more...

How can I tell if I have clogged arteries in my heart?

Stress test. A stress test is the test of choice. You should know that premenopausal women who do not have diabetes and do not use Cocaine are 99% likely not to have clogged arteries in their heart statistically. Read more...
Most of the times . You will have pressure type chest pain associated with activities and increase risk factored for cad, then your physician will order am ekg, stress test and make the diagnosis. If you have no symptoms with activities and no risk factors for cad, you probably don't have clogged arteries. But, a heart ct scan, also called calcium-score screening heart scan, could be used to detect early plague form. Read more...
Assessing risks. Do you have symptoms? Are you a diabetic or smoke cigarettes? Cocaine? Etc..If not, your risk given your age and female gender would be low . Your doctor may order an ekg/stress test if you do have symptoms but we do not routinely screen young women without symptoms or risk factors. What i would recommend is checking your cholesterol and working on preventative measures. Read more...

My dad has clogged arteries in heart had stint put in past went for one couldn't get it in cuz he is so clogged meds won't work any suggestion?

2nd opinion. Ask or a dvd or cd rom of cath films and get a second opinion from another doc, preferably board certified in interventional cardiology, fellow scai. If that doc is at a high volume respected center, even better. Only by an expert viewing your actual cath pictures can various options be explored. Read more...

I'm 17&sometimes I get pains in the area of my heart, could that b the bad foods im eating? Maybe clogged arteries or high cholestrol? What do I do? : (

Most usually pains. in the chest in a 17 year old woman are from the muscles and the bones. Obviously you feel guilty about your diet so change it! It would be worthwhile seeing a health care provider and being evaluated. They can check your cholesterol level and examine you for signs of heart disease and then give you dietary advice as well. Make the change when you are young and live a long and productive life. Read more...

My dad is 80, and doesn't want to get a heart cath to detr if he has clogged arteries. What could the repercussions be of not doing the procedure?

Discuss w doctor. That is certainly his right. Many patients with CAD can be managed effectively w conservative strategies. Lack of even a confirmatory diagnostic heart cath might lead to a path of medication choices based on presumption rather than a confirmed diagnosis. This exposes him to potential side effects as well. Regardless, current data suggests that these procedures can be done safely in the elderly. Read more...
Cad. At 80 he likely has abnormal coronaries. If he is not symptomatic on coronary artery therapy like aspirin, beta blocker, statin and maybe other, and is satisfied with his functional capacity, i wouldn't bug him. If he gets symptomatic on therapy the angio is important to see what additional therapy is possible to improve his quality of life. Read more...

Does act angiography show all blockages to the heart like clogged arteries anywhere and everywhere?

CT angiogram. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/788615 Per article compared to cardiac catheterization CT angiogram is effective in noting > 50% blockages . 98% of the time. factors that weight in are the quality of the images , the type of machine 16 slice or 64 slice. Not 100% perfect will miss ~ 3%, and has ~8% false positve ( impies blockage where the is none) Read more...
CTA. CT angiography shows vessel status in the vascular bed(s) which are imaged in the specific test. If it isn't in the field studied, it won't appear in the study. . Read more...