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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. Shari Jackson
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...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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If I have a letf vetebral artery and smoke, what are my chances for getting a stroke?

If I have a letf vetebral artery and smoke, what are my chances for getting a stroke?

Quite likely: If you continue smoking, you have many risks, including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, copd, etc. Be prudent, stop smoking and save your life. Seek out a physician to guide you through the difficult process of quitting. ...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

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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more