Posted 10/9/2013 9:24 AM (GMT -7)
and welcome to HealingWell.
Glad you've found our online community. It’s a great place to connect
with others traveling the same road...you'll find much support, encouragement
and advice from others who understand. Coronary artery disease is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries and vessels that provide oxygen and nutrients to the heart. It is caused by atherosclerosis an accumulation of fatty materials on the inner linings of arteries. The resulting blockage restricts blood flow to the heart. When the blood flow is completely cut off, the result is a heat attack.
Diagnosis begins with a visit to the physician, who
will take a medical history, discuss symptoms, listen to the heart, and perform
basic screening tests. These tests will measure weight, blood pressure, blood
lipid levels, and fasting
blood glucose levels. Other diagnostic tests include resting and exercise
electrocardiogram, echocardiography ,
radionuclide scans, and coronary angiography .
To the best of my knowledge, coronary angiography is
the most accurate method for making a diagnosis of coronary artery disease,
but it also is the most invasive. It is a form of cardiac catheterization that
shows the heart's chambers, great vessels, and coronary arteries using x-ray
technology. Cardiac catheterization remains the gold
standard for determining the presence of obstructive CAD. My personal opinion is catheterization trumps
echocardiograms, however, please remember, I am not a Dr. Perhaps you
should talk with your Cardiologist and he can provide the documentation re the
echo is not providing an accurate reading in your case. I am sending you lots of good vibes.
~~Kitt~~ Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."