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Arterial Elongation (Overview)

Arterial elongation is a condition in which an artery has become longer than usual, when compared to the size of the same artery in normal average people. The elongation may or may not cause symptoms, but some disease conditions can cause elongated, tortuous arteries.


Arterial Elongation (Overview)

Arterial elongation is a condition in which an artery has become longer than usual, when compared to the size of the same artery in normal average people. The elongation may or may not cause symptoms, but some disease conditions can cause elongated, tortuous arteries.


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What is an arterial spasm?

What is an arterial spasm?

Arteries Constrict: Arteries, like veins, have layers of smooth muscle cells within their walls; many layers for arteries, fewer layers in veins. All the cells are oriented circumferentially. If the muscle cells contract, the inner opening for blood flow, gets smaller. Arterioles, the tiniest end arteries just prior to the capillaries, nerves to each, are most adept at changing size: control local flow & body wide bp. ...Read more

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How serious is an arterial injury?

How serious is an arterial injury?

Could be bad: If you injure artery in the neck, such as carotid or vertebral dissection, could lead to stroke. If you injure the largest artery, and burst the aorta, it's death. If you lacerate an artery, bleeding may be intense. So, varies, and if you experience bright red bleeding, it may well be arterial in origin. ...Read more

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What is done for an arterial occlusion?

What is done for an arterial occlusion?

3 Options: 1) mechanically remove the clot in an interventional procedure 2) dissolve the clot using "lytic" medications 3) do nothing and just try to keep more clots from forming with Heparin or a heparin-like compound. Those are usually the 3 options. Specific choice depends on dozens of individual factors. ...Read more

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How frequently do arterial clots return?

How frequently do arterial clots return?

Depends: This is very difficult to answer with out more information. What type of arterial clot are you talking about? ...Read more

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Can arterial spasms occur anywhere in the body?

Vasospasm: We know of coronary artery spasm and limb vessel vasospasm. Cerebral vasospasm also is treated. There aren't such clear syndromes for spasm of other vascular beds but likely there are some. ...Read more

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What is arterial occlusion and how serious is it?

What is arterial occlusion and how serious is it?

Very: Any occlusion of artery results in the death of the tissue or organ supplied by that artery. ...Read more

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What activities and substances cause arterial spasms?

What activities and substances cause arterial spasms?

Stop smoking: You should see a vascular surgeon. However many people are susceptable from cold sensitivity, raynauds syndrome, previous frostbite, and many other reasons like exercise induces compartment symdrome etc. Thats why a thorough history and physical is important. ...Read more

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What causes arterial lesions? I would think that too much physical exertion or disease might be the cause in many cases.

What causes arterial lesions? I would think that too much physical exertion or disease might be the cause in many cases.

What lesions?: Excess physical exertion isn't a risk factor for any vascular disease. "arterial lesions" often means atherosclerosis, a very serious disease for which fitness is actually protective. You're right to be curious about disease, but avoid letting personal impressions or emotional beliefs influence what you do or share with others -- whether it concerns, health, money, love or anything else important. ...Read more

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Are PCO2 and PaCO2 interchangeable? I understand PaCO2 to denote arterial measurement. But what is the difference if any?

Are PCO2 and PaCO2 interchangeable? I understand PaCO2 to denote arterial measurement. But what is the difference if any?

PCO2: pCO2 is the partial pressure of carbon dioxide and gives no information as to where the measurement (or calculation) is being made. "a" is arterial, "v" is venous, "et" is end tidal, and "e" is expired, "A" is alveolar, and "i" is inspired but without the qualifier the location depends on the context. Most of the time arterial is what is being referred to. ...Read more

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How to treat arterial injuries?

Surgery : Depends on the type and location of injury. Some are treated by surgery while others can be treated by covered stent grafts, some injuries can be treated by observation alone. ...Read more

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How do I prevent arterial spasms?

How do I prevent arterial spasms?

Meds: Typically medications and then avoiding activities/substances that can promote arteriospasm. ...Read more

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How is an extraction of arterial emboli accomplished?

Surgery or angiogram: Most often this is done with a relatively small cut over ther involved artery and embolectomy, similar to rotorooter for plumbing. Sometimes this is treated with catheters and devices to breakup and suction out or dissolve the clot. ...Read more

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In what way is the extraction of arterial emboli accomplished?

In what way is the extraction of arterial emboli accomplished?

Medicine or surgery: Clots can sometimes be dissolved with medicine, but, often require a procedure for removal. Surgery id the most common way to remove most arterial emboli to large vessels. ...Read more

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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