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Blocked Subclavian Artery
Vas surg said blocked subclavian L artery. No bp, & barely a pulse. 1 of 4 arteries to brain has reversed flow to try to get blood to L arm? Stroke?
Complicated scenario: Subclavian stenosis & coarctation of the aorta can cause this scenario. You may've been born with a condition & it just progressed. In any case, the situation's VERY complex. There's not enough space here to establish your history, go over ALL of your questions/concerns, & figure out a treatment plan that will reduce complications in the future. You're best off using HealthTap Prime. Good Luck! ...Read more
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
May cause symtoms: Aberrant subclavian artery (right) arises directly from aorta crosses behind esophagus, or in front, or front of trachea, may cause difficulty in swallowing, breathing, or even hoarseness due to compression of recurrent laryngeal nerve, is corrected by transecting at aorta & inserting to rt common carotid artery. ...Read more
Diffculty in swallow: Diffculty in swallowing and breathing, also difference in BP in both arms. ...Read more
Most likely: Either by anstent placement via wires and catheters, or open surgical bypass. ...Read more
In laymans terms, what is retroesopheal right subclavian artery with a 3 CM kommerel diverticulum?
What kind of surgeon performs surgery to correct aberrant subclavian artery? Can the surgery be done laprascopically?
Vascular, cardio: Either vascular or cardio thoracic surgeon will be fine. Talk to your trusted surgeon. ...Read more
I've had a chronic cough for four years and I've just found out I have an aberrant right subclavian artery What can I do? Thanks.
Make sure cause: Of your cough may due to diseases that cause is congenital anomaly (born with it), normally right subclavian arises from right side (from innominate)aberrant a arises from left side, crosses behind trachea & esophagus there by forming a 'vascular ring that may choke and cause difficulty in swelling, may cough, if this is the case need to reposition it to right by vascular surgeon ...Read more
I just had an endoscopy and a dialation of my esophagus and an aberrant subclavian artery that was pushing on my esophagus, will I need it done again?
If an accident victim had a severed left subclavian artery, which pulse (neck or wrist) would be most affected? Why?
Anantomy test?: If you hop on the internet you can find the SCA anatomy and follow the SCA to the brachial and then the radial and ulnar and you'll have your answer. But in reality, anyone who severs that artery has a good chance of bleeding out and would probably die if not treated immediately. ..., and in that case ALL of your arteries pulses would be 'affected' ...Read more
I have 75% stenosis of left subclavian artery alternating with 100% with back spasms. Arm drk purple, then normal. How long can this go on before seri?
What exactly does it mean to have an anomalous origin to the right subclavian artery, arising from distal aortic arch?
Anatomy: In the picture you see the aortic arch and the 3 vessels coming off. These are the innominate, left carotid and left subclavian. The proximal aorta is coming from your heart and the distal aorta is heading away to your body. Usually the right subclavian would come off the innominate. Yours, probably due to a developmental quirk, comes distal directly off the aorta. ...Read more
I found I have a small, pea sized, hard lump, aprox 2.5 inches above the center of my left clavicle, worried about a subclavian artery block or cancer?
Lymph node??: Ask your doc to feel it and give you his opinion as to its nature. ...Read more
Male 31, CT scan showing Abberrant right subclavian Artery, is this harmful? Does it need Surgery?
The vast: Majority are asymptomatic and require no treatment. A very small percentage may cause symptoms related to tracheal/esophageal compression. Aberrant right subclavian artery is an anatomic variation in which the right subclavian artery originates farther along the aortic arch than the normal situation. ...Read more
I have a right vad from subclavian artery to base of skull. I suffer severe neck & head pain esp from exertion. Mri's show my left artery is getting bigger. Will l ever be ok? Can any dr help me?
An MRI to test for HCM says There is a tortuous descending aorta. There is an aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea?
MRI answers nothing: The MRI answers nothing about HCM. The descending aorta being tortuous points to a long history of hypertension, smoking, and/or high cholesterol. The right subclavian normally passes in front of (not behind) the windpipe. This anomaly probably doesn't mean much, u were probably born with it. With HCM, you want to get an idea of how narrow the outflow tract (aortic valve) is, which is not given. ...Read more
Thx for your help! Would the symptoms of a diverticulum in an aberrant subclavian artery include vertigo, pain in chest, shoulder and throat?
Subclavian artery: Thx for your help! Would the symptoms of a diverticulum in an aberrant subclavian artery include vertigo, pain in chest, shoulder and throat? ANS: Never heard of a diverticulum in an aberrant subclavian artery. Perhaps you mean a diverticulum caused by the artery. Please clarify. Just an aberrant SC artery could cause pain as could an aneurysm. More details please. ...Read more
MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM. Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea.??
Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more
Left subclavian athelsclerotic narrowing in artery can this cause dizziness ect. An what can I do for this?
Maybe.: Sometimes, you can develop a condition called "subclavian steal" where the arm steals blood from the brain causing dizziness. Fixing the narrowing (sometimes with a stent) can stop the arm from stealing blood from the brain. See your physician if you would like more information. ...Read more
Told total subclavian blockage, & one artery of 4 leading to brain has reversed, and is trying to route this blood to make sure arm has blood flow. Vascular surgeon says do nothing??
Would prob agree:
Subclavian blockages generally don't lead to a lot of pain. The pain you may experience from blockage would be arm fatigue or muscle discomfort in arm when using it. The reversed blood flow is your body compensating for the blockage. If severe could lead to feeling light headed.
Best to treat with antiplatelet (aspirin) possible staton and reduce risk factors. ...Read more
What does 'diffuse severe attenuation of the left vertebral artery" mean on a neck ct scan with contrast? Could it be cause of previous spontaneous arterial brachial clot or subclavian clot?
Pulsating painful artery or vein above collar bone in "gully" at base of neck. Bulging when lying flat. Subclavian? I have fam hx of brain aneurysms.
Pulsatile pain: Get it checked out promptlyGet a more detailed answer ›
Blocked Artery: You should see a Vascular Surgeon immediately. They can determine the extent of the blockage and help to restore bloodflow to the area in question. ...Read more
Blocked artery: There are many tools that can be used depending on how long the blockage has been present. These include balloon angioplasty, cutting balloons, stents, stent-grafts, Atherectomy, clot busting medications, or surgery to bypass around the blockage if you can't go through it. ...Read more
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