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    Not enough oxygen to the heart
    JIMSHEART posted:
    A Nuclear Scan Stress Test indicated that my heart was not getting enough oxygen. (particularly to the left side) I had Quad bypass surgery 3 years ago and a stent the next year. I have lost 40 pounds, been eating all the right foods, and taking all the medicine. I go in next week for counsultation with my Doctor. Wondering if anyone has had the same diagnois and what treatment/outcome to expect? Thank you, Jim
    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Hi Jim:

    Some years ago, my father had that diagnosis, i.e., cardiac ischemia (an insufficient amount of blood and oxygen going to an area of the heart muscle due to a blockage or renarrowing), and in his particular individualized case, needed more angioplasties and stents.

    Bottom line

    Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is just a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), and coronary stents are just a Band-aid or spot treatment, as this does not address the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

    Most important, coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable (which can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of care.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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    Living with Heart Disease

    Coronary artery disease (CAD)

    CAD is a chronic disease with no cure. When you have coronary artery disease, it is important to take......

    This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart..../It is up to you to take steps......

    Recognize the symptoms......

    Reduce your risk factors......

    Take your medications......

    See your doctor for regular check-ups......

    Coronary artery anatomy

    Starting with the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. The most critical coronary artery next to the ultra-critical left main (LM) coronary artery.


    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 (typically affects the carotid, coronary and peripheral arteries), which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, mlafunction or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor). smoking (includes secondhand and thirdhand), 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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