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Do curly coronary arteries predispose one to heart attacks? 

My I had a heart attack in November 2011 and five stents were inserted to correct the blockage and keep the artery open. Today, I had an office visit with my cardiology and he showed me computerized pictures of my heart during the placement of the stents. I noticed that the culprit artery was very curly with a section of one of the curls very thin and with almost no blood flow before the stents were placed in the artery. I also noticed that all of my coronary arteries in the computerized pictures were very curly. I asked the cardiologist if that indicated I would be potentially having more similar problems. He didn't really give me an answer.

Can you tell me if curly coronary arteries predispose me to future heart attacks? Thank you! 

submitted by Lise from Fairfield, Vermont on 1/22/2013

Answer:

Neil E. Strickman, MD, FACC, FACPby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

These are typically associated with high blood pressure. Hopefully the stents will help your situation. 




 

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Updated February 2013
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