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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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How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

Everyone's different: The pain of pad is from tissue (muscles, skin, nerves, etc) not getting enough blood. An elite athlete might have symptoms from a single 50% plaque. A sedentary person might not notice a complete blockage or multiple partial blockages. Rest pain is usually from severe plaques at multiple levels. In general, the body compensates for artery plaques for a long time before pain occurs. ...Read more

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Does blockage in arteries of retina cause vision loss?

Does blockage in arteries of retina cause vision loss?

See a retina special: Yes. Lack of blood flow due to a retinal artery occlusion can cause severe loss of vision from damage to the retina. A central retinal artery occlusion is worse than a branch retinal artery occlusion. There are no good treatments, but a systemic workup looking for an embolic source is required (carotid ultrasound, echocardiogram). A rarer cause is giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned 85-90% blockage in their neck artery?

Should i be concerned 85-90% blockage in their neck artery?

Vascular surgeon: That's a high grade blockage and puts one at high risk for a stroke. A vascular surgeon is best qualified to follow, treat and advise a patient with such a high grade blockage. ...Read more

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How would you no if a artery blockage got worse than 60% mid LAD .

How would you no if a artery blockage got worse than 60% mid LAD .

With a progressive: Lesion the patient would likely experience chest pain or shortness of breath with exertion. ...Read more

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What could cause an otherwise healthy 27 year old male to have 100% blockage in the LAD artery?

What could cause an otherwise healthy 27 year old male to have 100% blockage in the LAD artery?

Hereditary disease: Without more information, it's difficult to answer the question, but there are hereditary diseases where the blood lipid is elevated high enough to cause early athersclerosis. ...Read more

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My friend's kidneys are affected 85% due to an artery blockage. Is there an operation to fix this?

Yes: The most common way to address blockages in the arteries to the kidneys is with stents. The procedure is straight forward and done as an outpatient. The harder question is, "does he need it fixed?" if his blood pressure is really difficult to control or his kidney function has been worsening, than he would most likely benefit from treatment. Otherwise, the need for treatment is questionable. ...Read more

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I had a cta. Angiogram with contrast. Does that also get images of the coroided arteries typically? If i'd of had a blockage would it have showed up?

The carotids are: Not studied with ct angiography of the brain. The first test if concerns in the carotid arteries is usually a ultrasound with doppler to study the flow in the vessels. ...Read more

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How serious is a circumflex artery blockage that is 90%? Would this likely be fatal and if so, how long before one would have that result on average?

Coronary artery : High grade circumflex disease coul be the cause of angina or infarction. It could be fatal but less likely than lad disease. If well treated you could live a long time with that disease and something else could get you. Smoke and don't work on your condition and chances in infarction are excellent. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more