What is triple vessel disease?

Answer

Triple vessel disease refers to the presence of narrowing or blockages in all three of the major coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. An article in the journal "Circulation" on the American Heart Association website states that these blockages occupy 50 percent or more of the diameter of the artery.

The Mayo Clinic explains that two procedures are available for treating triple vessel coronary disease. Coronary artery bypass grafting, also known as open heart surgery, is one option. This is a surgery in which a vessel from another part of the body is used as a graft to bypass the coronary artery blockage. Angioplasty and stent placement is another procedure that is used. During this procedure, a doctor uses catheters and wires to place a balloon inside the blockage. The balloon is inflated, which pushes the blockage against the artery walls and opens the artery. Often a stent is left in the artery to help keep it open.

A study from the "Journal of Invasive Cardiology" reveals that, in terms of mortality and recurrent heart attack, the long-term outcomes of coronary bypass grafting and angioplasty are comparable. The Mayo Clinic reveals that committing to lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and reducing stress levels is important to maintain the health of the heart's arteries.

Q&A Related to "What is triple vessel disease?"
This term is used in cardiology to denote significant blockages in three coronary arteries, often requiring stenting procedures (in order to hold the arteries open) or requiring triple
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_triple_vessel_di...
Women are more prone than men to develop small vessel disease, especially after menopause. Women who have polycystic ovarian disease or autoimmune disorders are more likely to develop
http://www.ehow.com/about_5097512_small-vessel-dis...
Heart disease is the broad term given to many diseases of the heart
http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-a-disease-o...
Small vessel disease, which is also called coronary microvascular disease, is a disease that affects the small arteries in the heart. These small arteries normally expand to provide
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-c...
Explore this Topic
Small Vessel Ischemic Disease is also known as the white matter disease. This disease is the result of the progression of other diseases like hight blood pressure ...
The treatment of small vessel ischemic disease generally consists of medication to stop the narrowing of the blood vessels. Prompt treatment is recommended due ...
Broken blood vessels can be caused by disease or trauma, bangs, bumps, bruises and an exceeded amount of pressure on the vessels. The available natural treatments ...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com