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How does tiny arteries to the heart affect procedures?

How does tiny arteries to the heart affect procedures?

Ensure blood supply: The question is a little vague but i will try to explain. The small arteries to the heart (the coronary arteries) are what supply blood to the hearyt to keep it pumping. The big artery from the heart supplies the systemic circulation. If the small arteries get blocked, then you have a heart attack and may die. Any surgical proceedure may put enough stress on the heart to have a heart attack. ...Read more

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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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Could you live "well" with only one artery feeding your heart?

Could you live "well" with only one artery feeding your heart?

It depends: This really depends on the clinical circumstances. The heart has three main arteries that supply the heart blood. I have had patients who have blocked off two of the arteries and thus were living off one artery which formed collarterals, or "natural bypasses" to other areas of the heart. With medications and monitoring in my opinion it is possible to have a reasonable quality of life. ...Read more

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How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

Risk modification: I am assuming you have coronary artery disease and possibly an ischemic event. We are dealing with secondary prevention. Do not smoke, aggressive lipid modification with statins drugs(lower LDL less than 100 and less than 70 if dm and cad), diabetes treatment, BP less than 130/80, Aspirin 81mg a day, Plavix (clopidogrel) if CAD and revascularization done(pci/stent), weight control, physician manage exercise. ...Read more

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Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Yes: I don't know specifics but depending on severity a percutaneous vs open heart surgery approach to open up the arteries can be perform. Also if not that severe a medical approach with medication can be done too. All above when rightly perform, the results are excellent. Plenty of alternatives in medicine now a days for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

Usually pain: A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have clogged arteries in my heart?

How can I tell if I have clogged arteries in my heart?

Assessing risks: Do you have symptoms? Are you a diabetic or smoke cigarettes? Cocaine? Etc..If not, your risk given your age and female gender would be low . Your doctor may order an ekg/stress test if you do have symptoms but we do not routinely screen young women without symptoms or risk factors. What i would recommend is checking your cholesterol and working on preventative measures. ...Read more

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Is a clotted artery to the heart considered very serious?

Is a clotted artery to the heart considered very serious?

Can be very: Coronary artery disease is blockages in the arteries supplying blood to the heart. A clot or blockage in one of the coronary arteries can cause a heart attack. There are other factors to consider which a cardiologist should be able to explain. ...Read more

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What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

What could be the symptoms of clogged arteries in the heart?

Frequently: Chest pain / angina. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, arm or jaw pain, diaphoresis. See your doctor. ...Read more