Wai L. Lee, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursProvidence Arthritis Center Of Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St Ste 155
Portland, OR 97213
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What is the difference between heart attack and heart failure?
Sameer A. Sayeed, MD, Cardiology, answeredIn a heart attack, a plaque rupture in a coronary artery causes a blod clot to form in the artery and causes the artery to suddenly become blocked stopping blood flow to the area of the heart being supplied by that coronary artery. That part of the heart stops working and may die if the artery remains blocked for too long. The rest of the heart may continue beating normally or the entire heart migh fibrillate or beat abnormally ineffectively leading to death. In heart failure, if it is systiolic failure, the entire heart muscle is weak and this is usually a chronic progressive process from coronary disease or other diseases that affect the heart muscle. The heart does not pump effectively and insufficient blood is pumped to the rest of the body and one has symptoms of shortness of breath, swelling, altered mental status,etc. This is not an acute process and is not painful and does not lead to sudden death. A heart attack is acute and sudden and causes a lot of chest pain usually and can cause sudden death.
Is fatty liver disease serious?
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates answered
By itself, fat in the liver is not usually a problem. Fatty liver disease (FLD) can become serious, though, because of the problems that can develop from having excess fat in the liver over time. If untreated, fatty liver disease can lead to problems including an enlarged liver, cell death in the liver, cirrhosis, and eventual liver failure. Other problems related to fatty liver disease are obesity and poor nutrition; these conditions can lead to FLD and have an overall negative impact on your health.Helpful? 9 people found this helpful.
How do the arteries become narrowed or blocked in coronary artery disease?
Starting early in your life, your body naturally deposits little streaks of fatty substances, such as cholesterol, on artery walls. As you age, these fatty substances can build up and form plaque. The plaque restricts blood flow. If a plaque ruptures, it can cause a blood clot to form, blocking blood flow. If this occurs in a blood vessel in the heart, it can cause a heart attack.
Certain things, called risk factors, make a person more likely to develop plaque. Risk factors can include age, family history, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese.
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