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what do the perforating branches of internal mammary artery mainly supply?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Chest wall: The ima [internal thoracic artery or internal mammary artery] branches supply the chest wall structures including the ribs, muscles, breasts continueing and perforating superfically to supply the abdominal wall structures as the superior epigastric artery.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Would it be worthwhile to have an mra test done to try to spotlight any potential arterial problems

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
See below: Not suggested as purely a screening study . A good history and physical as well as evaluation of risk factors should be done first.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are some treatments for blocked renal arteries?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Treat renal stenosis: The treatment of a blocked kidney artery is controversial. The 3 ways would be medications, surgery, or arterial stents. There is evidence that all 3 work equally well, even in severe cases, although there are some cases where surgery or a stent may yield a better outcome. However, the risk of surgery or stents is not small, and therefore, a conservative approach with medicine is often best.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does pleurotomy during internal mammary artery harvest increase post-op issues?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Pleurotomy: No, during open heart surgery a chest tube will reinflate the lung and it usually heals rather quickly.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do you overcome perioperative spasm of the internal mammary artery?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
IMA spasm: Short and sweet: nitroglycerine and/or calcium channel blockers.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is scientific definition of mammary artery ?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Front of chest art: The arteries that run on the inside of the rib cage and supply the front of the chest with blood.

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