I am 42 an was in the hospital with chest pains. I had an angigram done and they found out I have an extra artery running from the bottom of my right side to the top of my left. Does anyone know more about this? Is there a name for it? thanks
According to various medical literature, this is referred to as a coronary anomaly, with examples, as aplicable, being dual (or extra) left anterior descending (LAD) or dual (or extra) right coronary artery.
Sometimes, these types of anatomic coronary variants have a benign course, other times not, i,e., problematic requring intervention. ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctors.
Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke
Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel, or emerging) for atherosclerosis, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes secondhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity") high blood pressure (hypertension), high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against coronary artery disease), high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).
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