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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

No, sorry...: The best approach to blocked arteries is prevention & picking your parents carefully. Failing that, aggressive lifestyle changes and judicious use of appropriate medications to achieve targets based on compelling objective clinical trials data are your next best option. If significantly blocked arteries remain, then angioplasty ± stents, or bypass surgery. Massage rx will not open blockages. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Are there any medications or supplements that can open blocked arteries in the heart?

Are there any medications or supplements that can open blocked arteries in the heart?

Not exactly: Blockages in coronary arteries are made of cholesterol plaques. Blood thinners like Aspirin and fish oil can prevent clots from forming on plaques and causing attack. Statins may stabilize plaque and slow growth. Nitrates can keep the arteries from squeezing, relieving angina. Niacin and exercise can raise good cholesterol and sweep out the bad. Only "cure" is stent and/or bypass surgery. ...Read more

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How common is pneumonia and the need for dialysis after open heart surgery for a torn aorta due to an aneurysm and two blocked arteries?

How common is pneumonia and the need for dialysis after open heart surgery for a torn aorta due to an aneurysm and two blocked arteries?

Frequent: After such a life threatening event, it is not unusual to have complications, and renal failure needing dialysis as well as pneumonia from a prolonged intubation are actually quite common in this traumatic setting. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a heart attack without having blocked arteries?

Is it possible to get a heart attack without having blocked arteries?

Yes: Drugs, coronary artery spasm and many other things can cause a heart attack without any blocked arteries. ...Read more

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My dad has 2-3 blocked arteries 90% and 1 100% had minor strokes and heart attacks having forced surgery on fri, he has not been good what r the risks?

My dad has 2-3 blocked arteries 90% and 1 100% had minor strokes and heart attacks having forced surgery on fri, he has not been good what r the risks?

CABG risk: It is not clear from your description what type of surgery he is getting. I surmise that you mean coronary bypass surgery. Overall risks for patients like him in the STS database for patients who have had strokes or TIA and previous MI is > 96% survival. That is very very good for major procedures like this. Discuss with the heart surgeon for better guidance and risk stratification. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Please explain if it is possible to get a heart attack without blocked arteries?

Myonecrosis: Heart attack is the death of the heart muscles. If there is severe low oxygen from any cause the heart fails and the tissues die. The only experience I know of heart attack per se in young people without known atherosclerosis is when they use drugs like meth and we presume that is due to the vessel vasoconstriction and impeding of blood flow. ...Read more

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Why is it that 100% blocked arteries are not reopened if the heart attack is more than 48 hours old?

Why is it that 100% blocked arteries are not reopened if the heart attack is more than 48 hours old?

Usually not helpful: It is possible to save some heart muscle supplied by a totally occluded artery if the artery is opened soon after the onset of occlusion. The longer one waits to reestablish blood flow, the more muscle tissue irreversibly damaged. Only in instances of persistent partial flow via collateral blood vessels could one expect benefit from opening a total occlusion beyond 48 hrs after infarction. ...Read more

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My dad is 78 has 2 blocked arteries and another that is 80 blocked his heart is working at 20%. What are his options?

My dad is 78 has 2 blocked arteries and another that is 80 blocked his heart is working at 20%. What are his options?

Maybe ICD: In addition to medication, possible catheterization, angioplasty, or bypass, would also consider adding implantable defibrallator to list due to 20% ef. ...Read more

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Had a clear echocardiogram 3 years ago, no blocked arteries. Could I have blocked my arteries enough to have a heart attack now?

Had a clear echocardiogram 3 years ago, no blocked arteries. Could I have blocked my arteries enough to have a heart attack now?

Was the: Echo study done with or without EXERCISE? If it was a "stress echo" that was negative, congrats, the chances of signicant "PREMATURE" coronary disease 3 years later is quite small...A "plain" echo is less useful in detecting coronary insufficiency and is done for STRUCTURAL reasons (Heart valves etc) It can pick up OLD cardiac injuries.
I hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

It Varies: Cardiac MRI will show heart function, valves, and if they give contrast, can show evidence of prior heart attacks. Sometimes it can show blocked arteries, but it's not the best study to look at these. ...Read more

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Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Yes: I don't know specifics but depending on severity a percutaneous vs open heart surgery approach to open up the arteries can be perform. Also if not that severe a medical approach with medication can be done too. All above when rightly perform, the results are excellent. Plenty of alternatives in medicine now a days for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram detect? I know it’s for diagnosing heart disease, but what kind? Can it tell if I have blocked arteries or damage from a heart attack?

Echo: Echocardiogram detects how well the heart is working by calculating an ejection fraction of how much blood it is pumping out. It can also detect valve abnormalities and if certain portions of the heart are functioning properly.

I will not see blocked arteries. That is a coronary angiogram. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have 1 or more 80-90% blocked artery to or from heart and still have a 'normal' heart? Will stress test show blockage? Treatment?

Is it possible to have 1 or more 80-90% blocked artery to or from heart and still have a 'normal' heart? Will stress test show blockage? Treatment?

See answer below:: Stress test would show this abnormality. Next step would be cardiac catheterization. Coronary artery bypass is a potential treatment if severe. Medications like aspirin and cholesterol lowering medications are recommended in people with coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Not for 100% blocks: Although chelation therapy is very effective for improving blood flow, it will not "unclog" a completely blocked artery. However, atherosclerosis does not effect single arteries. It is a systemic problem. Therefore, for those with complete or near-complete blockages, I recommend stents or bypass, followed by chelation to improve blood-flow throughout the body and prevent progression. ...Read more

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I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Could I do to determine the degree of damage sustained to my heart and arteries and what are treatment options for second-hand exposure syndrome?

Could I do to determine the degree of damage sustained to my heart and arteries and what are treatment options for second-hand exposure syndrome?

Cardiac check-up: I believe you mean second-hand smoke exposure. This exposure is extremely important and depends on the degree to which you are exposed. Coronary artery disease and other vascular disease leading to heart attack and stroke can result from second-hand exposure to tobacco. Discuss with you doctor getting a cardiac evaluation to determine if an echo, stress test, cardiac CT, etc. Can check your risk ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I do to determine the degree of damage sustained to my heart and arteries and what are treatment options for second-hand exposure syndrome?

Please clarify: I am not sure what are you exactly asking, is smoking exposure or you have coronary disease. Please clarify. ...Read more

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I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

Tough to say: Over the computer is is tough to say, but with any heart palpitations and dizziness you need to be evaluated and properly diagnosed to assure at the least that you have no abnormal heart issues causing your symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A relative (63 yrs old) is undergoing treatment for left coronary artery stenosis and has a minor heart attack a week ago. Is surgery necessary?

A relative (63 yrs old) is undergoing treatment for left coronary artery stenosis and has a minor heart attack a week ago. Is surgery necessary?

Probably: Without reviewing the cardiac catheterization coronary angiograms no cardiologist or cardiac surgeon can answer that question. Ask the surgeon, obviously if surgery was advised that is the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

No: Chelation therapy is not a part of the therapy behind atherosclerosis when you have blocked arteries. When you do have a blockage, you need to mechanically reduce the obstruction. That can be done through angioplasty and potentially putting a stent in to keep that artery open. Subsequently one should be on cholesterol lowering medicine to prevent this from occuring again. ...Read more

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Hi dr is chelation therapy helpful for treating erectile dysfunction caused by blocked arteries?

Hi dr is chelation therapy helpful for treating erectile dysfunction caused by blocked arteries?

No: Blocked arteries need to be either bypassed or cleaned to have flow again. Chelation therapy, I can't comment on usefulness to avoid debate with other doctors. Some promote it, some don't. Some believe it, some don't. Some benefit financially, I am neutral. ...Read more

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Is it probable if one has had heart stents that the artery to the genitals may also be blocked. Should a catheter to it be done so as reduce ED.?

Is it probable if one has had heart stents that the artery to the genitals may also be blocked. Should a catheter to it be done so as reduce ED.?

Vascular disease is: Often widely distributed so if you have coronary blockages you probably have diffuse atherosclerotic disease. This may contribute to ED but is not usually the cause. Remember that about 40% of all men over 40 have ED but only 15% of them have diffuse atherosclerotic disease. See a urologist for an evaluation of your ED. He/she will be able to determine if vascular issues are playing a role. ...Read more

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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Many reasons: There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close. ...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