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What does left anterior cerebral artery (a1)hypoplasia on head mra report means? For above is there high risk for ischemic or hemorrhaging stroke(s)?

What does left anterior cerebral artery (a1)hypoplasia on head mra report means? For above is there high risk for ischemic or hemorrhaging stroke(s)?

Normal: It is a common normal variant that doesn't carry risk of stroke. We all have some asymmetry in blood vessels and hypoplasia simply means that blood vessel is smaller than it's counterpart on the other side. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Worried about getting a stroke? Is there any way to check my arteries?

Worried about getting a stroke?  Is there any way to check my arteries?

Get screening: Ultrasound of carotid arteries. Call your hospital to see of they offer screening. ...Read more

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A nerve can press an artery and cause a stroke?

A nerve can press an artery and cause a stroke?

Unlikely: not the usual mechanism of a stroke - usually it is caused by a blood clot in a blood vessel or a ruptured blood vessel. in the brain or brain area and not a nerve pressing on an artery ...Read more

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I had a stroke and both arteries in my neck are blocked. What are my treatment options?

I had a stroke and both arteries in my neck are blocked. What are my treatment options?

Medication: Mledications to keep platelets from clumping may help. Also ensure that the arteries are completely blocked (if there is even a slight opening, surgery/stenting may be possible (but not if they are completely blocked). It may be worthwhile to discuss (somewhat controversial) surgical options like eca-ica bypass with your physician if there are complete blockages of both ica arteries. ...Read more

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My grandfather had a stroke. His carotid arteries are 100% and 85% blocked. What kind of surgery does he need?

My grandfather had a stroke. His carotid arteries are 100% and 85% blocked. What kind of surgery does he need?

Depends: We do not perform surgeries to open up complete (100%) blockages. For the side with 85% blockage he should first and foremost be on an Aspirin as well as a cholesterol lowering statin medication for optimal medical management. The surgical options are an open carotid endarterectomy or a carotid stent. If he can tolerate anesthesia then an open procedure is preferred. ...Read more

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What is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

What is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

2 things: Carotid artery stenosis means narrowing of the artery. Stroke is death or damage to brain due to circulatory issues. Many strokes (approx 1/3rd) are due to carotid artery disease. Although frequently connected, they are not the same. Many strokes occur without carotid stenosis. Many carotids are completely occluded (slowly) without resultant strokes. ...Read more

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What isa top basilar artery stroke?

What isa  top basilar artery stroke?

Basilar for brainstm: The top of the basilar artery is like a fork in the road. When a blood clot affects this area, small strokes can occur in the brainstem, causing numbness, weakness, trouble talking, eye symptoms, or impaired consciousness, and sometimes, more than one stroke occurs at the same time. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's bad, if hardening of the arteries is found in a spinal xray?

Wondering if it's bad, if hardening of the arteries is found in a spinal xray?

Atherosclerosis: What the xr usually shows is calcification of the aorta or blood vessel which is same as atherosclerosis. What is happening in that vessel can be happening in other vessels including the heart and the brain. It is then we want to control you cholesterol, your smoking and taking precautions such as the use of aspirin, etc.. ...Read more