ICD-10 Code I70.0

Atherosclerosis of aorta

Diagnosis Code I70.0

ICD-10: I70.0
Short Description: Atherosclerosis of aorta
Long Description: Atherosclerosis of aorta
Version 2019 of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code I70.0

Valid for Submission
The code I70.0 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the circulatory system (I00–I99)
    • Diseases of arteries, arterioles and capillaries (I70-I79)
      • Atherosclerosis (I70)
Version 2019 Billable Code Adult Diagnoses

Information for Medical Professionals


Code Edits
The following edits are applicable to this code:
Adult diagnoses - Adult. Age range is 15–124 years inclusive (e.g., senile delirium, mature cataract).

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code I70.0 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 299 - PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISORDERS WITH MCC
  • 300 - PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISORDERS WITH CC
  • 301 - PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISORDERS WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert to ICD-9
  • 440.0 - Aortic atherosclerosis

Synonyms
  • Abdominal aortic atherosclerosis
  • Aortoiliac atherosclerosis
  • Arteriosclerosis of abdominal aorta
  • Arteriosclerosis of aorta
  • Arteriosclerosis of thoracic aorta
  • Atherosclerosis of aorta
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease

Index to Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code I70.0 in the Index to Diseases and Injuries:


Information for Patients


Atherosclerosis

Also called: Arteriosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Plaque is a sticky substance made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. That limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your body.

Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including

  • Coronary artery disease. These arteries supply blood to your heart. When they are blocked, you can suffer angina or a heart attack.
  • Carotid artery disease. These arteries supply blood to your brain. When they are blocked you can suffer a stroke.
  • Peripheral arterial disease. These arteries are in your arms, legs and pelvis. When they are blocked, you can suffer from numbness, pain and sometimes infections.

Atherosclerosis usually doesn't cause symptoms until it severely narrows or totally blocks an artery. Many people don't know they have it until they have a medical emergency.

A physical exam, imaging, and other diagnostic tests can tell if you have it. Medicines can slow the progress of plaque buildup. Your doctor may also recommend procedures such as angioplasty to open the arteries, or surgery on the coronary or carotid arteries. Lifestyle changes can also help. These include following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and managing stress.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Angioplasty and stent placement - peripheral arteries (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Arteriogram (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Doppler ultrasound exam of an arm or leg (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Extremity angiography (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hardening of the arteries (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • What Is Atherosclerosis? - NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

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