Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
What does it mean when plaque is outside the artery?
I just had a cardiac catheterization done. No major blockage, so no stent, just a catheterization.  The Dr. said there was plaque buildup on the outside of the artery, which causes it to bulge out, rather than the typical plaque buildup narrowing the artery.  Just had this done three days ago, and of course I was kind of fuzzy when he was explaining this.  Don't go for follow-up for a couple of weeks.  Also, they put me on Crestor, Plavix and metoprolol for blood pressure.  I've never had high blood pressure.  Even during stress test it only went up to 134/72.  One day last week it was 100/60!.  I am confused by putting me on medicine for high blood pressure.  What is the reason for this?
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
I don't think plaque builds up on the outside of the arteries. It is just that sometimes the walls of the arteries bulge outward when plaque builds up rather than narrowing the Lumen. I can't comment on as to why they put you on Metoprolol, but I was on Toprol XL (Metoprolol Succinate) for a number of years and I am glad one cardiologist finally said: "Don't take it anymore."
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Thanks for the input.  As I said, I was still a little fuzzy when he explained it all.  I am definitely going to ask more questions at my follow-up.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1480750569
Blank
Netherlands
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Ireland
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar universal
Blank
Reggaeprinces commented on The Turbinates: What ...
1 min ago
973741 tn?1342346373
Blank
specialmom commented on Green Tea and Green T...
4 hrs ago
Avatar universal
Blank
Paxiled commented on Green Tea and Green T...
7 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources