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What is the definition of atheroma?

- build-up of fatty material on the inside wall of an artery


What is the definition of atherosclerosis?

- the progressive narrowing and hardening within an artery potentially resulting in a complete blockage


Which vessels does atheromas affect?

affects arteries - slowly progressive


What are the causes of injury in an atheroma?

- hyperlipidaemia
- disturbed flow
- smoking
- hypertension
- progresses as white cells, fat and blood constituents infiltrate injury


What are the stages of artheroma ?

- INITIAL LESION - isolated macrophages
- FATTY STREAK LESION - mainly intracellular accumulation
- INTERMEDIATE LESION - type 2 changes and core of EC lipid
- FIBROARTHEROMA LESION- lipid core and fibrotic layers.
- COMPLICATED LESIONS -surface defect, hematoma-hemorrage, thrombus


How do artheromas clinical manifest?

- coronary artery - heart attacks/angina (ischaemic heart disease
- aorta - aneurysm due to weakening of the wall
- carotid - narrowing causing stroke
- peripheral vascular disease


Atherosclerotic plaques develop slowly over decades but may acutely cause symptoms due to..

- aneurysm and rupture
- thrombosis
- haematoma formation
- embolization
- development of critical stenosis (blocking or narrowing)


A 65 year old gentleman with a history of hypertension presents with sudden onset dysphasia (language problems), left arm and leg weakness.
He had a similar episode 2 weeks ago, but it only lasted 1 minute.

- cerebral infarction (stroke)


A 70 year old gentleman who has smoked for most of his life has attended clinic.

Over the last year he has had severe pain in both his legs when walking for more than 10m, and has had a number of infected ulcers in his feet and lower legs requiring antibiotics.

- peripheral vascular disease


50 year old gentleman with type 2 diabetes presents with 30 minute history of ‘central, crushing chest pain’.
The ECG showed marked ST elevation affecting V1 to V4.
The gentleman was taken to the cath lab for a revascularisation procedure (primary percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI)).

myocardial infarction


What is the treatment for atheromas?

- revascularization
- secondary prevention


What is the cause of ischaemic heart disease?

- imbalance between supply (perfusion) and demand of the heart for oxygenated blood
- decrease in oxygen and nutrients
- inadequate removal of metabolites


What are the causes of ischaemic heart disease?

- DECREASE FLOW OF OXYGENATED BLOOD (atheroma, embolism, spasm)
- INCREASED DEMAND FOR OXYGEN (thyrotoxicosis, myocardial hypertrophy eg. hypertension)


What are the risk factors for ischaemic heart disease which are fixed and you cant change?

- positive family history
- male sex
- age
- genetic factors (eg. ACE gene deletion)


What are the risk factors for ischaemic heart disease which are potentially reversible with treatment?

- hyperlipidemia
- smoking
- hypertension
- diabetes
- lack of exercise
- obesity
- heavy alcohol consumption


What are the signs and symptoms of ischaemic heart disease?

- chest pain, often central, crushing, radiating to left arm or into jaw (may not get chest pain in elderly or diabetes)
- shortness of breath
- palpitations
-syncope (temporary loss of consciousness caused by fall in BP)
- nausea, sweating, pale


What are the clinical presentations of ischaemic heart disease?

-stable angina
- unstable angina
-NSTEMI (non - ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction)
- sudden death


What is the difference between stable and un-stable angina?

Stable angina
- lasts up to 20 min
-induced by effort
-resolved by rest or GTN
Unstable angina
-lasts longer
- occurs at rest
- often early symptom to MI


What happens with the plaque stages in stable angina, unstable angina, NSTEMI, STEMI?

stable angina - plaque disruption and spasm

unstable angina - partial thrombosis, possible emboli

NSTEMI + STEMI -plaque rupture, occlusion with thrombus


What investigations can be done to recognise angina's?

- obs (BP, pulse, oxygen saturations, respiratory rate)
- bloods (including cardiac enzymes)
ECG (exercise tolerance test)


What are complications of myocardial infarctions?

- cardiac arrest
- arrhythmias
- pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium)
- valvular defects
- ventricular wall rupture
- deep vein thrombosis
- pulmonary embolus


What are the treatments for anginas and acute coronary syndrome?

immediate treatments
- oxygen
- pain relief
- aspirin
- lifestyle
- nitrates (dilates vasculature)
- B-blockers
acute coronary syndrome
- Thrombolytic therapy
- PTCA (Percutaneous coronary intervention)
- CABG (coronary artery bypass graft)


What are the major risk factors for atherosclerosis?

- hypertension
- diabetes mellitus
- hyperlipidemia
- smoking
- family history
- low levels of HDL


What are the other risk factors for atherosclerosis?

- obesity
- advanced age
- male sex
- physical inactivity
- homocystinuria (disorder of methionine metabolism)
- emotional stress


Which lipid id bad cholesterol ?

HDL = good cholesterol


how can hyperlipidaemia be treated?

- reduce cholesterol and saturated fats in diet
- role of statins


How can you prevent atheroma?

-stop smoking
- control hypertension
- weight reduction
- increase exercise
- moderation of alcohol
- increase HDLs and reduce LDLs