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How serious is a blockage in the LAD?

How serious is a blockage in the LAD?

The total blockage of the LAD artery is a serious problem that requires immediate treatment. Delayed treatment for a heart attack can lead to significant tissue damage and scarring. It can be life threatening or lead to permanent disability. Not all heart attacks start with crushing chest pain or arm numbness.

Can a completely blocked artery be unblocked?

Chronic total occlusions are arteries that are 100 percent blocked by plaque. These arteries are blocked for several months, if not years. Two procedures can treat this condition: bypass surgery or a non-invasive procedure done in the cath lab.

How serious is a blocked right coronary artery?

A completely blocked coronary artery will cause a heart attack. The classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack include crushing pressure in your chest and pain in your shoulder or arm, sometimes with shortness of breath and sweating.

Is CAD a death sentence?

You may know that coronary artery disease is the number one killer of both men and women. What you might not know is that heart attacks are not the death sentence they once were. Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrowed.

Can a blockage of the LAD artery be dangerous?

Over 99% of people have at least one diagonal branch of the left anterior descending artery. In about 80% of people, the LAD wraps around the bottom of the heart and supplies the area beyond that. Blockage of the LAD artery Significant blockages of the LAD artery can be dangerous simply because the LAD supplies such a large territory.

What are the symptoms of a lad blockage?

Symptoms Of LAD Blockage 1 Pain in the chest. 2 Feeling of tightness in the chest. 3 Pain in left arm and hand. 4 Shortness of breath. 5 Fatigue.

What are the treatment goals for lad blockage?

LAD Artery Blockage Treatment Goals of the treatment are to improve quality of life, reduce incidence of Angina (chest pain) and heart attack, treat co- morbid conditions which worsen chest pain, encourage life style modification and risk factor modification.

What are the chances of surviving a lad blockage?

If you experience shock, your survival chances are around 40 percent. Without shock, your chances jump to about 60 percent or more. And two crucial things to remember are that early diagnosis and prevention are paramount to not only preventing an LAD blockage but also increasing your chances of surviving one,…