Is atherosclerosis considered a coronary artery disease?

Yes but. Atherosclerosis is a general term for cholesterol plaque in arteries while CAD is specific to coronaries. Plaque does not distribute uniformly for reasons unknown.

Related Questions

Does coronary CT scan w/calcium score rule out coronary artery disease/atherosclerosis?

Coronary CT. Calcium score CT doesn't rule out atherosclerosis or chance of heart attack. With that said the more calcium the more volume of plaque both calcified and noncalcified. The test can help when the need for drug therapy isn't clear.

Pectoris atherosclerosis congestive heart failure coronary artery disease dilate hypertension myocardial angina pectoris, what are these?

Cv words. These all refer to cardiovascular particulars. Pectoris = Chest. Atherosclerosis = vascular wall scarring from cholesterol deposit. Coronary artery disease = narrowing and atherosclerosis of heart arteries. Dilate = expand diameter. Hypertension = high blood pressure (within arterial network). Myocardial = heart. Angina pectoris = pain of chest from coronary artery disease, lack of oxygen to heart.

I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?

No. Coronaries are the arteries directly to the heart. Aorta goes from heart to the abdomen and divides into iliacs which go toward the legs. Some coronary grafts start on ascending aorta with veins to distal coronaries.

What happens during coronary artery disease?

Blockage. Plaque builds up in the wall of the artery and can cause the artery to get gradually more narrow. If the plaque ruptures the artery can suddenly get completely blocked. The artery blockage can cause chest pain on exertion or even a heart attack resulting in permanent damage to the heart muscle.
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.

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.