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Aortic Artery Blockage
My mother has severe blockage in her corroded artery, an aorta aneurysm and had afib with all this can she have a face lift done what are the risks?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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