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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?

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?

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