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Dr. James Krick
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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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Could echos sometimes detect artery malfunctions or blocked arteries?

Could  echos sometimes detect artery malfunctions or blocked arteries?

Yes: By echo I am assuming you are talking about an ultrasound. If that is true, the ultrasound machine is more than capable of detecting occluded vessels (arteries or veins) by an experienced ultrasound technician. The ultrasound is a very valuable tool used by vascular surgeons to help diagnosis disease processes. ...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

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Do blocked arteries show up in chest xrays?

Do blocked arteries show up in chest xrays?

XRay: Xrays are customarily not ordered by vascular surgeons to detect arterial stenosis or blockage in the arteries. You'll need an ultrasound or a ct scan to make that determination. See a vascular surgeon to have your arteries assessed and insure that there is no critical ischemia. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called blocked arteries.?

Explain the condition called blocked arteries.?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries, it is secondary to fat, cholesterol, and other substances deposition on the walls of arteries which forms hard structures called plaque. ...Read more

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How can a person remedy multiple blocked arteries?

How can a person remedy multiple blocked arteries?

Quit smoking now: Quit tobacco and get your medical issues under control (diabetes, cholesterol, lipid, excess weight) will help. Your doctor will likely prescribe medications to get your blood flowing better. Get friendly with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have blocked arteries?

Is it possible for a teenager to have blocked arteries?

Very rare: The vast majority of teenagers will not have blocked arteries. Rarely, heavy smokers develop buerger's disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, a rare disease in which blood vessels swell and become blocked with blood clots. It usually affects men and women ages 20 to 40, but it is possible in teenagers! don't smoke! ...Read more

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Is angioprim or cardio effective to clear blocked arteries?

Is angioprim or cardio effective to clear blocked arteries?

Blocked arteries: Arteries develop plaque, aka atherosclerosis. On average when plaques are partial, diameter reduction below 50 % of the lumen, medical therapy is most beneficial: antiplatelet, anti hypertensives, lipid lowering therapies, manage diabetes and stop nicotine. If plaque progresses above 70% diameter reduction, then balloons, stents and bypass surgery are a benefit. Each case has nuances. See your doc. ...Read more

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Am I not going to get any blocked arteries eating 4 eggs a day?

Am I not going to get any blocked arteries eating 4 eggs a day?

Maybe: The potential may be there. I would have your cholesterol level checked so you know where you stand on your trig and chol level. ...Read more

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Can exercising prevent blocked arteries even if you are a smoker?

Can exercising prevent blocked arteries even if you are a smoker?

No, but...: It will slow the process of atherosclerosis, but alone, it will not prevent it. If you are health serious, quit tobacco. But continue to exercise doing sporting activities you enjoy. Your weight will be kept in control. You will have better endurance and strength! ...Read more

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Is there a process of declogging the blocked arteries without operation?

Is there a process of declogging the blocked arteries without operation?

Yes: Depending on your specific circumstances there are lots of options that do not require surgery. For example balloon angioplasty and stenting can be used. There are also some situations where we remove clots with drugs called thrombolytics to remove fresh clot. It really depends on the location of the problem, the cause of the problem, and the patient. ...Read more

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Is there any other non-invasive way to check blocked arteries than angiogram?

Several: Angiogram is the "gold standard" but ct or mr angiography (which do not require a catheter) can provide useful information. Some arteries can be assessed by ultrasound, but this is less precise. Nuclear stress tests do not show arteries but shows areas of the heart where the arterial supply is insufficient. ...Read more

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Is there any other non-invasive way to check blocked arteries besides angiogram?

Is there any other non-invasive way to check blocked arteries besides angiogram?

Yes: The simplest and least invasive option is to have abi/pvr. This is a noninvasive test that measures the blood pressure of the arms and compares it to the pressure in various parts of the legs. This along with the waveforms will give your vascular surgeon an excellent idea of where a blockage may be located. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is dangerous to have 2 blocked arteries? Is it deadly?Can it be cured?

Blocked arteries: You have many arteries in your body. Some are more important and others. Some smaller arteries can be blocked with no consequences what so ever. How serious your situation is depends on which arteries are the blocked ones. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any alternatives to clearing blocked arteries from angioplasty, stents or laserplasty?

Does anyone have any alternatives to clearing blocked arteries from angioplasty, stents or laserplasty?

If yes, billions!: Once established there are a few options to provide urgent clearance of blocked arteries other than the ones you have mentioned. Some physicians have shown long term decrease in the size of plaques with te statin medications. ...Read more

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I am on medication for my cholesterol problem which has gone down.i also have 2 blocked arteries and am taking cholesterolease .Does it help?

I am on medication for my cholesterol problem which has gone down.i also have 2 blocked arteries and am taking cholesterolease .Does it help?

See details: CholesterolEase has little additional benefit but causes no harm so it is safe to take. The majior goal is to take enough of a statin dose to lower your LDL below 70 mg/dl. A baby aspirin daily is also usually part of the regimen. ...Read more

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What symptoms would a person have with blocked arteries? My aunt died yesterday from severely blocked arteries. She had symptoms but ignored them.

What symptoms would a person have with blocked arteries? My aunt died yesterday from severely blocked arteries. She had symptoms but ignored them.

Heart disease: I assume your aunt died due to blockage in the coronary artery, which supply blood to heart muscle, thus causing a "heart attack". The most ccommon symptoms are chest discomfort, difficulty breathing, excecessive sweat, fatigue and so on. Not all people will experience these symptoms. Therefore, if you have any cardiac risk factors, please get evaluated. My condolences for your loss ! ...Read more

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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?

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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Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Yes: There are controllable, and uncontrollable factors. The things that you can control are not smoking, watching cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. You cannot control your gender, age and genetics. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...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