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How can you stop thinning of blood vessels in the brain?

How can you stop thinning of blood vessels in the brain?

Blood vessels.: You cannot stop this. This is a process of getting old. Vessels become fragile as get old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about narrowing blood vessels to the brain?

Can you tell me anything about narrowing blood vessels to the brain?

NOT GOOD: If a major blood vessel in the neck, such as carotid or vertebral starts to get narrow, a process called stenosis, blood flow gets compromised eventually, and a stroke could ensue. Certain percentages of narrowing dictate potential surgery or use of medications. KEY issue is to do all possible to prevent a stroke. ...Read more

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Why does blood vessels swell in the brain? What causes this?

Why does blood vessels swell in the brain? What causes this?

Swell?: If we find a swollen blood vessel, it is either due to aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation. Blood vessels may dilate minimally due to increased acidic reaction associated with carbon dioxide increases, or metabolic issues, and of course, caliber varies due to blood pressure, relative hypoxia, and even migraine. Inflammatory arteritis more usually causes narrowing. ...Read more

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Could trans fat buildup in the blood vessels and brain ever dissolve/breakdown?

Could trans fat buildup in the blood vessels and brain ever dissolve/breakdown?

Fat in vessels: fat in vessel walls may be reversible before inflammatory changes and scarification take place, once the wall is damaged, reversibility is not likely to be major ...Read more

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Can strengthening the blood vessels reduce the risk for brain aneurysm?

Can strengthening the blood vessels reduce the risk for brain aneurysm?

Great question: This is actually an area of great interest for research. Smoking is thought to contribute to weaknening of the arteries and this is an important risk factor. We are actually pursuing research on hormones and their role in the strength of blood vessels. Please see brain aneurysm center for women at www.Chicagoaneurysm.Com for more information. ...Read more

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A MRI may have shown a cluster of blood vessels in my brain. They are unsure. They ordered a angiogram. What if they don't see a cluster?

A MRI may have shown a cluster of blood vessels in my brain. They are unsure. They ordered a angiogram. What if they don't see a cluster?

No cluster?: Actually, what you really want is for them not to see a cluster. This would tend to mean that the original findings on the MRI were a "false positive"--something that looked abnormal without any real abnormality. This happens a fair amount. Good luck. ...Read more

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When having a brain aneurysm, do blood vessels become 100% occluded?

When having a brain aneurysm, do blood vessels become 100% occluded?

No: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation or bulging of the wall of the blood vessel. If that dilated segment becomes very fragile and thin it can rupture due to the pressure of the blood and bleeding occurs into the brain. This bleeding can cause spasm of surrounding vessels. But most of the vessels do not become "occluded". ...Read more

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Multiple organ issues and 1 neurologist said amyloidosis, affecting brain all major organs and blood vessels.Nothing offered.Who on health t would help?

Multiple organ issues and 1 neurologist said amyloidosis, affecting brain all major organs and blood vessels.Nothing offered.Who on health t would help?

Specialist: There are physicians that specialize and do research in amyloidosis. I would contact a major medical center and find one. Call boston medical center( I have referred amyloidosis patients there in the past )and ask for some names of centers that have amyloidosis specialists around the area where you live. ...Read more

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