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Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 171-

Severe calcific aortic stenosis, severe mitral Annular calcification, and aortic Atheromatous plaques in a 68-year-old woman


Ahmed S Abdelrahman, Rachel Hajar 
 Echocardiography Laboratory, Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Ahmed S Abdelrahman
Echocardiography Laboratory, Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha
Qatar




How to cite this article:
Abdelrahman AS, Hajar R. Severe calcific aortic stenosis, severe mitral Annular calcification, and aortic Atheromatous plaques in a 68-year-old woman.Heart Views 2008;9:171-171


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Abdelrahman AS, Hajar R. Severe calcific aortic stenosis, severe mitral Annular calcification, and aortic Atheromatous plaques in a 68-year-old woman. Heart Views [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Apr 6 ];9:171-171
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The images above show the spectrum of atherosclerosis in a patient. Arteriosclerosis means thickening or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is a type of arteriosclerosis caused by build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. Arterial plaque may cause obstruction and is made up of deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium, and fibrin. The disease entity is generally associated with the coronary arteries but the process is generalized and can develop in medium or large arteries. Risk factors include aging, high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and physical inactivity. The echocardiogram shown above belongs to a 68-year-old woman, diabetic, hypertensive, overweight and inactive. She was admitted because of dizziness and symptoms suggestive of transient ischemic attacks. ECG showed LVH but no ischemic changes and her echocardiogram revealed the continuum of atherosclerosis.[Figure 1]. [Figure 2], [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]