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Doctor insights on: Blocked Arterys

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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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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. ...Read more

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What is a good method to clear blocked arteries?

What is a good method to clear blocked arteries?

Angioplasty or bypas: if the artery has any flow through it and you can get a wire through it angioplasty will help. If not you will need a bypass. ...Read more

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How do you know if you might have blocked arteries?

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. ...Read more

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How successful are stents with "fully" blocked arteries?

How successful are stents with "fully" blocked arteries?

Depends on vessel: Blocked arteries in neck are too risky to open if completely blocked. Vessels in legs are routinely opened after complete occlusion. Ask you doc about your particular situation. ...Read more

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I don't want to develop blocked arteries. What steps can I take?

I don't want to develop blocked arteries. What steps can I take?

Several: Don't smoke, watch you cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar and maintain an active lifestyle. Use medicines when needed. But also know that there is no guarantee that nothing will happen and you can't avoid getting older or change genetics, but you will be able to shift the odds in your favor. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more