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Can Echo Detect Blocked Arteries
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
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
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
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
Depends: On vessel involved. Ask your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Yes: But entities like takayasu's arteritis and other are seen in young patients. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Does anyone have any alternatives to clearing blocked arteries from angioplasty, stents or laserplasty?
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?
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
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
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
Blocked arteries: Very unlikely at age 23Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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