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Why doesn't atherosclerosis affect veins?

Why doesn't atherosclerosis affect veins?

Low pressure: We don't know everything about how atherosclerosis works, but we do know that there has to be a certain stretch on the wall for it to get going. Venous pressure is of course much lower than arterial pressure. In the pulmonary arteries, atherosclerosis occurs when, and only when, pulmonary arterial blood pressure approaches sytemic arterial pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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Does veins varicose increase blood pressure?

Does veins varicose increase blood pressure?

NO: Varicose veins are a health concern as they can cause progressive deterioration of the leg venous blood flow over time, as the condition tends to be progressive (especially is you have the problem starting at age 20 yo). But there is no correlation with varicose vein disease and systemic hypertension. There is isolated "venous hypertension" in the legs with varicose veins, but this is different. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins imply poor circulation and possible increase in risk of heart disease?

Do varicose veins imply poor circulation and possible increase in risk of heart disease?

No: Varicose veins are due to incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. It does not reflect on your heart. When you stand for long periods of time, gravity assists in pooling of the blood in the lower extremities. The same happens when sitting for long periods of time since blood flow back to the heart is impeded by the pressure on the back of your legs. ...Read more

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Can diet affect coronary cerebrovascular disease?

Can diet affect coronary cerebrovascular disease?

Confused: There is coronary disease and there is cerebrovascular disease but there is no "coronary cerebrovascular disease". However, the common denominator is arteriosclerosis and diet plays a very important role in its cause and prevention. ...Read more

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Does vasculitis also affect veins?

Does vasculitis also affect veins?

Multiple targets: Vasculitits can affect small, medium and large vessels and arteries, veins and capillaries. ...Read more

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Does iron intake affect coronary artery disease?

Does iron intake affect coronary artery disease?

Shouldn't: I have never heard of iron supplementation affecting the course of coronary artery disease. Too much iron can effect the myocardium, however, even in that case, it usually is not the oral supplementation but a different process that leads to the damage (cardiomyopathy). ...Read more

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How are arteries affected by atherosclerosis?

How are arteries affected by atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis: Build up of lipid deposits that eventually can obstruct the arteries. This is more important in the heart, brain, and legs. ...Read more

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How does lifestyle affect the development of coronary heart disease?

How does lifestyle affect the development of coronary heart disease?

Numerous ways: It is well known that smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise can contribute to coronary disease, in part through effects on blood pressure and diabetes, and in part via more direct effects on the arteries. Stress can sometimes play a role in this in predisposed individuals. ...Read more

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How can coronary artery disease affect the heart?

How can coronary artery disease affect the heart?

Multiple ways: Coronary artery disease can cause symptoms, heart damage, or death. Symptoms include chest pain or shortness of breath. Heart damage is typically do to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Death can be due to heart failure, heart attack, or lethal arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Can you naturally reverse atherosclerosis, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease?

Can you naturally reverse atherosclerosis, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease?

You can slow it down: We start to develop atherosclerosis in our 30's and generally it progresses as we age. People who have a family history of heart disease or stroke are more susceptible. You can slow down the progression of this disease by watching your cholesterol, keeping your blood pressure in check, attaining your ideal body weight and quitting smoking. Regular exercise, stress management and good eating helps! ...Read more

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Why does atherosclerosis not affect my veins?

Why does atherosclerosis not affect my veins?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis develops in the portion of the artery wall that is muscular. There is no muscle in veins, so plaque does not develop in these types of vessels. ...Read more

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As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

Sort of: An aneurysm is sort of like a varicose artery, but we don't tend to refer to it in that terminology. Just like varicose veins that weaken & bulge, artery walls can also weaken and bulge, leading to an artery aneurysms. Aneurysms of arteries are dangerous because arteries are under much higher pressure than veins so when they rupture it can be life threatening. The HTN med should not increase vein ...Read more

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Where are coronary arteries and veins found?

Where are coronary arteries and veins found?

Coronary vessels: The coronary arteries and veins are found in the heart. Since the heart is a muscle, it has arteries and veins that take blood to and from it. ...Read more

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How can gender affect coronary heart disease (chd)?

How can  gender affect coronary heart disease (chd)?

Heart disease: Women have some hormonal protection from coronary disease while they are pre menopausal. Having said that, heart disease is under diagnosed and under treated in women. ...Read more

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Do giant aneurysms in coronary arteries, effect normal development on infants?

Do giant aneurysms in coronary arteries, effect normal development on infants?

No: They should not affect normal development however make sure the infant is followed closely by a pediatric cardiologist. I'm assuming they were caused by kawasaki disease. ...Read more

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How does nutrition affect coronary heart disease?

How does  nutrition affect coronary heart disease?

Cholesterol/diabetes: Proper nutrition is very important in prevention of coronary artery disease bacause obesity is number i cause of diabetese, high blood pressure and cad coronary artery disease can be prevented to a major extent by proper nutrition which includes preventing overeating to prevent obesity, low salt intake, low carb and low cholesterol diet, foods high in fiber, whole fruits, vegeis, whole grains, nuts etc. ...Read more

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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

Arteries: Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis. Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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