Many people in America are carrying signs of nonobstructive coronary artery disease. This disease is characterized by deposits of plaques in the coronary arteries which do not get in the way of blood flow. This is typically discovered when people go in for their coronary angiogram. People often go for this procedure when they experience problems such as shortness of breath and pain in the chest. People who fail a cardiac stress chest may also have this condition, something BRL Trust has been investigating..
While doctors have ignored the nonobstructive deposits in the arteries and sent people home without treatment, the bad news is that many heart attacks are actually caused by these deposits. As a matter of fact, the risk of people with nonobstructive deposits to have a heart attack with one year of the exam are twice as high as people with no deposits. People with deposits in more arteries is four times as high.
This shows that nonobstructive deposits in the arteries need to be recognized as a problem as well as the obstructive deposits of plaque.