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Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Yes and No: Coronary artery bypass requires some form of conduit for bypass. Superficial veins from the lower limbs have been used for bypass. Smaller arteries from the underside of the chest wall have been used in favor of veins for the left side of the heart. Early enlarged varicose veins can still be used for bypass; however more advanced wall bulges and wall aneurysms Prohibit use of the varicosed veins. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Could atherectomy work better on badly diseased leg arteries better then heart arteries?

Could atherectomy work better on badly diseased leg arteries better then heart arteries?

No: There's really no comparison between atherectomy for heart arteries versus arteries in the extremities. Although both are caused by plaque or hardening of the arteries the treatment and intervention are vastly different. ...Read more

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When shoud heart artery stenoses be stented or bypassed?

When shoud heart artery stenoses be stented or bypassed?

Depends: When blood flow is sufficiently reduced by a greater than 70% blockage of an artery or arteries, to the point of permanent damage or weaknening of the heart muscle, or when a plaque ruptures and a blood clot repeatedly forms with resulting blockage of blood flow, then an artery needs to be stented, or bypassed. ...Read more

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Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Probably not: First, neck vein distension can be caused by many things, only one of which is heart failure. Second, if it were due to heart failure, it would likely be on both sides, and then would reflect problems on the right heart. But since the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure, neck vein distension is a sign of heart failure. But not likely in you. Talk to your own doctor. ...Read more

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For coronary heart bypass surgury, which vein they cut from lower limb to put there?

For coronary heart bypass surgury, which vein they cut from lower limb to put there?

GSV: Usually the great or small saphenous vein in the thigh or calf, respectively. Many places are using arteries from the chest muscle also. ...Read more

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3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

At least!: Need an ultrasound and echo of heart at a minimum as well as possible evaluation of blood and clotting system by blood tests. May want to talk to vein doctor as Ct angiography may be more revealing. Do not wait on this! ...Read more

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Where do coronary arteries supply blood to?

Heart: The major ones are the left anterior descending (lad), left circumflex (lcx) and right coronary artery (rca). ...Read more

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Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.

Have varicose veins & saphenous vein valve not working. Why worse when using compression stocking or sitting/elevating leg? Heaviness, tingling foot.

Varicose vein Rx.: Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves of the saphenous system of veins. Wearing compression hose is a medical management of the veins but it does not treat the underlying valve problem. If compression does not improve your systems or worsens them then you require a closure procedure to seal the leaking valves. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Have chronic radial artery occlusion. Having pain. When is coronary bypass done. Good flow in ulnar artery. Advice.

Have chronic radial artery occlusion. Having pain. When is coronary bypass done. Good flow in ulnar artery. Advice.

When needed: Having occlude radial artery no major problem ulnar art is there as for pain is it chest pain? Then u should be w/u for that with ur cardiologist with stress test or other , there are other options other than ur radial art for bypass ima r or l saph vein r or l but neede to c ur dr for DX and rec"s. ...Read more

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Angiogram & balloon artery left groin after developed a blood clot left groin in the vein on blood thinners what exercise is best?Tightness normal?

Angiogram & balloon artery left groin after developed a blood clot left groin in the vein on blood thinners what exercise is best?Tightness normal?

DVT: or blood clots in veins is treated by blood thinners and compression. Continue normal activities. If leg is too tight you may need angiogram to evaluate the extent of clot. If clot extends up from groin, it should be treated by medicines that dissolve the clot. Also it depends on when you developed the clot. These issues need to be discussed with your physician. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can atherectomy replace a vein bypass for lower leg artery disease treatment?

Can atherectomy replace a vein bypass for lower leg artery disease treatment?

Peripheral artery dz: You need to discuss your disease with your vascular surgeon. The choice of procedures depends on the anatomy of your problem and your physiology, none of which is present here. Atherectomy can sometimes be used in peripheral arterial disease. ...Read more

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Varicose vein & saphenous vein valve grossly incompent. Foot tingly/leg heavy now 6hr later top of thigh throbbing. In bed last 4hrs. Worry?

Varicose vein & saphenous vein valve grossly incompent. Foot tingly/leg heavy  now 6hr later top of thigh throbbing. In bed last 4hrs. Worry?

Yes: You chronic venous insufficiency by history. You are at increased risk for pulmonary embolism. You should be evaluated for DVT. This can be done non-invasively with an venous ultrasound. Because of you symptoms, I would see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Unilateral low leg swelling w/ distended non varicose vein. Leg throbs after walking up stairs. General squeeze feeling. ABI neg. Is this arterial?

Unilateral low leg swelling w/ distended non varicose vein. Leg throbs after walking up stairs. General squeeze feeling. ABI neg. Is this arterial?

May thurner: many possible reasons. Abi being normal would eliminate arterial disease and usually not swelling. An ultrasound should be used to rule out a deep venous thrombosis. May thrurner syndrome can occur if a clot or major artery sits on top of a vein causing venous swelling. Can occur in women. Hope this helps. Thank you for turning to health top. ...Read more

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Will atherosclerosis of the femoral artery affect heart beat and ekg?

Will atherosclerosis of the femoral artery affect heart beat and  ekg?

No: Ekgs measure the electrical activity of the heart. Palpitations ( irregular heartbeats) are also a function of the electrical activity in the heart. Neither of these will be affected by having atherosclerosis in the femoral artery of the leg. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more