Chad Cipollone, Alex Gunner, Aaron Hammer, Eric Passalacqua
- High amounts of certain fats and cholesterol
- High blood pressure
A simple, painless test that detects and records the heart's electrical activity and can also show signs of heart damage.
Uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart and identify areas of poor blood flow.
Uses dye and special x-rays to show the inside of your arteries and whether plaque is blocking them and how severely.
The goals of treatments include:
- Relieving symptoms
- Reducing risk factors in an effort to slow or stop plaque buildup
- Lowering the risk of blood clots forming
- Widening or bypassing plaque-clogged arteries
Symptoms & Diagnosis: Chad suffered a heart attack at the age of 47, considerably young to have such a severe issue. Chad was admitted into the hospital by way of urgent care, and was carefully being monitered and tested to see what caused his heart attack. Doctor records show that he has both high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure, and he informs his doctor that he is a regular smoker. Based on this information, Chad's doctor decides to run him through a echocardiography. After the test results come back, it indicates that plaque, most likely due to his high levels of cholesterol. have built up inside his Aorta and is blocking the flow of blood. Based on the information present, Chad's doctor diagnosis him with Atherosclerosis.
Plan: There is no direct way to go about the treatment of Atherosclerosis, but there are several things that can help. Chad's doctor informs him that he must quit smoking immediately, as well as improve his life style in how he eats and the amount of exercise he gets. Due to the severity of the plaque build up, Chad's doctor decides to perform a procedure in which he implants a stent where the plaque build-up is to help widen the artery walls to allow more blood flow. Chad will have to maintain regular checkups to moniter his heart condition.