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I have blocked arteries in my legs would stents stop the pain when walking or is their anything that would?

I have blocked arteries in my legs would stents stop the pain when walking or is their anything that would?

Exercise: First treatment for blocked arteries in the legs is to be sure that you do not smoke and to have other DX like HBP or diabetes well controlled. Second part is WALKING (not to improve blockages but to get your muscles to be more efficient in utilizing Oxygen that blood carries). Third: when you find the pain limiting your lifestyle, you may need stents or surgery, depending of extent and location

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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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How to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

How to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Surgery???: Either angioplasty or stunting/atherectomy (catheter based therapy) or surgery. Surgery may include a plaque removal or bypass.

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Can you tell me how to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Can you tell me how to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Depends: Arterial blockage caused by a clot can be treated with thrombolytics or surgery. Blockages caused by atherosclerosis can be treated by endovascular techniques or bypass surgery. The first step is medical therapy, which may relieve symptoms and make intervention a secondary option.

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My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?

My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?

Not a good idea: Carotid occlusive disease and it's corresponding operation are very serious issues that should not be combined with surgery for varicose veins. Both have a great deal of importance but the more important and serious of the two should be addressed first-carotid endarterectomy. The varicose vein surgery can be done anytime thereafter.

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Is it have blocked arteries in your early 20's from having a bad diet?

Is it have blocked arteries in your early 20's from having a bad diet?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely that you do at such a young age. Still, that is not an excuse for having a bad diet. Eat healthy young lady!

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Is there a way to check for blocked arteries in the penis?

Is there a way to check for blocked arteries in the penis?

Yes: Penile brachial index. Ask your local vascular lab if they do this. This compares the blood pressure getting to your penis to your arm pressure. A low penile brachial index reflects poor circulation.

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Can an echocardiogram or a chest cray see if there are any blocked arteries?

Can an echocardiogram or a chest cray see if there are any blocked arteries?

An echocardiogram.?: A chest x-ray cannot by any means detect this. A rapid 32/inch ct scan can, but quite expensive and not covered by many plans. A conventional exk can find evidence for prior heart damage including an mi, but will not address current blockage. However, a stress test (ekg based), with an individual walking on a treadmill can document coronary ischemia by looking at st-segment depression.

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Is it recomemded to check for blocked arteries with a new diagnosis of high cholesterol?

Is it recomemded to check for blocked arteries with a new diagnosis of high cholesterol?

No.: At age 30 blocked arteries are very unlikely. Cholesterol is just one risk factor among many that lead to blocked arteries. The best test for blocked arteries may well be exercise. If you can exercise all your extremites without difficulty it is unlikely you have any significant blockage.

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I'm having a cardiac MRI, will this show if I have blocked arteries? What does it show me?

I'm having a cardiac MRI, will this show if I have blocked arteries? What does it show me?

Possibly: The likelihood of a young woman having blocked arteries is very small. You must be having cardiac symptoms so normal MRI may help at putting your mind at ease.

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My dad is 78 has 2 blocked arteries and another that is 80 blocked his heart is working at 20%. What are his options?

My dad is 78 has 2 blocked arteries and another that is 80 blocked his heart is working at 20%. What are his options?

Maybe ICD: In addition to medication, possible catheterization, angioplasty, or bypass, would also consider adding implantable defibrallator to list due to 20% ef.

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What are the reasons a bypass could not be performed on a 36 y/o man with blocked arteries >90%? Not obese 6'1", about 230 lbs

What are the reasons a bypass could not be performed on a 36 y/o man with blocked arteries >90%? Not obese 6'1", about 230 lbs

Risk/benefit: The presence of a lesion depends on the artery and the reason for evaluating your heart not all blockages need or require therapy or intervention ask the heart surgeon or cardiologist.

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Three blocked arteries, 50, 30 and 25%. Cardiologist not too concerned....I'm scared. Exercise and losartan plus lobetalol. Nervous.

Three blocked arteries, 50, 30 and 25%. Cardiologist not too concerned....I'm scared. Exercise and losartan plus lobetalol. Nervous.

Doctor is right: Do not worry keep your cholesterol under control strict diet exercise and add aspirin if not in the regime you should be ok. Keep regular follow up with blood tests and periodic evaluation for progression of disease Your disease in not critical Lesions need to be over 70% to do interventions and should show ischemia on evaluation assessment and should be on at least 2 drugs for angina

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Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Depends where: A blocked artery can cause the death of the organ supplied by that artery, or a portion thereof. If the main artery of your heart is blocked, this is of course a serious condition that few survive if the blockages complete. If it is a small artery to a small portion of an unimportant organ, you may not even notice. Disease in one vessel usually means there is also disease in other vessels.

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How do you know if you might have blocked arteries?

Depends: Different organs act differently when their blood supply is diminished. Pain is generally involved, but there can be painless loss of function. A better answer could be crafted if I knew what part of the body you were concerned about.

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Can echo detect blocked arteries?

Can echo detect blocked arteries?

Yes: A properly done ultrasound (=echo) can usually detect blocked arteries.

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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