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What is symptoms of splenic artery aneurysm leaking? I have a 1.9cm that has bit changed in 2 years

What is symptoms of splenic artery aneurysm leaking? I have a 1.9cm that has bit changed in 2 years

Artery leak: Artery bleeding is usually quite brisk but with slower bleeding within the spleen, weakness, fatigue and left upper abdominal discomfort may be noted. I assume you're being followed by a vascular surgeon for the aneurysm. ...Read more

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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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Swollen lymph node on coroided neck artery. Can this kill me? No noticeable size change. Been there three years. Recent dizziness.

Swollen lymph node on coroided neck artery. Can this kill me? No noticeable size change. Been there three years. Recent dizziness.

Lymphadenopathy: 1) is your lymph node swollen (lymphadenopathy, lad) or just palpable? Somtimes thin people can feel lymph nodes easier than others, 2) is it stable (3yrs) or growing? 3) is the dizziness (a non-specific and common symptom) related to the dizziness. Lad has a broad ddx: http://www. Matheny. Info/files/habermann_mayo_clin_proc_2000_75_723.Pdf - see table 3 especially - LAD a-z. ...Read more

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Once effient is started must you wait one year before it can be changed? I have 2 stents in LAD artery.

Once effient is started must you wait one year before it can be changed? I have 2 stents in LAD artery.

Effluent for a year: There are a number of medications in that class of drugs that may be substituted for Effient if there is a problem with taking it. Ask your heart doctor. ...Read more

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Calcified Splenic artery aneurysm went from 15x15x15 to 19mm in one year is this a cause of alarm or diff drs reading it makes it change.?

Calcified Splenic artery aneurysm went from 15x15x15 to 19mm in one year is this a cause of alarm or diff drs reading it makes it change.?

Depends: There may be some variation in measurements from scan to scan based on CT slice registration and measurement technique. However, and enlarging aneurysm may be at risk of rupture. Suggest consultation with Interventional Radiology ...Read more

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How long does it take for arteries to become blocked? 20, 40 years?

How long does it take for arteries to become blocked? 20, 40 years?

Varies: Arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries tends to run in the family dna, and some are prone to develop blockage early in the teen years, especially when associated with juvenile diabetes. The blockage starts with a fatty streak in the wall of arteries, and this is seen in teen years/early twenty, and progresses so that blockage is seen in every decade thereafter. ...Read more

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How can someone knows how old are his arteries, for example:if I am 37 years old, how do I detect how old my arteries age, any method I can follow?

How can someone knows how old are his arteries, for example:if I am 37 years old, how do I detect how old my arteries age, any method I can follow?

Arteries are ur age: Arterial duplex can assess segments of some arteries for arteriosclerotic plaque formation. Even if no plaque visualized, the artery may have early plaque or yellow streaks which is arteriosclerotic disease. If you image the carotids in the neck, you can still have carotid disease in the intrathoracic or the intracranial segments of the artery. So even if the neck portion isokyoucanstillhavestroke. ...Read more

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I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

I had slightly elevated cholesterol for last 10 years Age 35 Total 200~240. Is there any test to access the damage I have done so far to arteries.?

High cholesterol: Hi. Total cholesterol is a fairly uninformative number, and treatment decisions should not be based on it. It helps to know your overall profile. If "high" is due to HDL, no problem. If "high" is due to LDL, that is a risk for atherosclerosis. Are your triglycerides high or normal? Hi triglycerides correlate with low HDL, which is another risk for atherosclerosis. So without more information... ...Read more

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If I am now 32 years old and have pain in my chest, am I too young to have clogged arteries?

If I am now 32 years old and have pain in my chest, am I too young to have clogged arteries?

Chest pain: 32 is not to young to have atherosclerosis. This does not mean that your chest pain is caused by atherosclerosis however. At 32 other things are higher probability. ...Read more

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I had an ekg and ecg 2 years ago all normal, would this have detected any blockages in my arteries? I am 32 years old

I had an ekg and ecg 2 years ago all normal, would this have detected any blockages in my arteries? I am 32 years old

ECG: The ECG doesn't detect coronary artery lesions that aren't causing a problem. If you are concerned about your arteries work with your doc, eat a Mediterranean diet, get regular aerobic exercise, don't smoke and stay on the program. ...Read more

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With all the breakthroughs and cures, surely an artery can be unblocked. In 3 years all ive had is statins asprin and get exercise, and dumped?

With all the breakthroughs and cures, surely an artery can be unblocked. In 3 years all ive had is statins asprin and get exercise, and dumped?

Only short term: All the "breakthroughs" in treating block arteries including balloon dilatation, stents, ultrasound and surgeries are meant for temporary relief which is easy. The big challenge is how to keep the artery open on a long term basis and there is so far no substitute for a healthy lifestyle including stop smoking, healthy diet and regular exercise plus aspirin, statin. Control of BP and diabetes also ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for some salt in your diet to clog arteries? Does it take many years? Will my doctor let me know if this is a problem?

How long does it usually take for some salt in your diet to clog arteries? Does it take many years? Will my doctor let me know if this is a problem?

Sodium, sodium...: Salt does not clog the arteries. Sodium sensitizes the arteries to adrenaline, so they may go into spasm, and your blood pressure goes up. If this happens every day for many years, your blood pressure will be elevated all the time, and this does damage the arteries, because their natural repair mechanism is with cholesterol, that does clog the arteries. Try sodium free salt (yes, it's available. ...Read more

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What's a woman's odds of having plaque in her arteries by age 56? Angiogram showed clean, but she's been obese for many years. Could it be false neg?

What's a woman's odds of having plaque in her arteries by age 56? Angiogram showed clean, but she's been obese for many years. Could it be false neg?

I trust it: Obesity itself is actually not a risk, though it is a marker for hypertension, diabetes, and lack of exercise which are. The sumo athletes of Japan are obese but have no coronary risk. And I have autopsied plenty of obese folks with great vessels. A lot is genetic. ...Read more

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Should I take Calcium with D? Had been taking it off & on for years but recentky discontinued due to reading that it caused calcification of arteries.

Should I take Calcium with D? Had been taking it off & on for years but recentky discontinued due to reading that it caused calcification of arteries.

Ask doctor to check: Many middle age and older adults have low vitamin D3 levels which causes bone problems, increased risk for lung infections and probably increased risk for diabetes of older age. However, high doses of vitamin D and high doses of calcium can cause problems with bones (as seen in a study in Britain several years ago) and with blood vessel calcium deposits. Check the vitamin D and calcium level first ...Read more

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Are there less invasive procedures for bifemoral artery bypass surgery? Had the cath done for years ago and they said it was too advanced for that.

NO: When you need an aortobifemoral graft you need an aortobifemoral graft, period. When that is what you need, nothing else will give the long term patency. Lesser procedures have suboptimal flows and lesser 5 year patency rates. ...Read more

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17 yrs old Is it bad to eat cheese everyday with butter n semi-skimmed milk? 1-2 times a day for a couple of years not overweight. Clog up arteries?

17 yrs old Is it bad to eat cheese everyday with butter n semi-skimmed milk? 1-2 times a day for a couple of years not overweight. Clog up arteries?

Unhealthy: I would consider this very unhealthy because of the high levels of saturated fats contained in those foods. I recommend that you get your serum lipids (cholesterol with hdl, ldl and triglycerides) measured if your diet has been this high in saturated fats and if your family history is positive for hyperlipidemia, premature coronary heart disease or ischemic stroke. Learn to eat healthily now. ...Read more

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If I've sat around and not done much for 8 years, sedentary, and am 26, eating lots of fast food, is this enough time to get clogged heart arteries?

If I've sat around and not done much for 8 years, sedentary, and am 26, eating lots of fast food, is this enough time to get clogged heart arteries?

It is possible: Age correlates with presence of atherosclerosis or plaque and will be more likely with more risk factors. The answer to you question is based on a postmortem study on Korean war and Vietnam war combatants. Prevalence of "clogged arteries " was almost 75% and blockage of > 75% was 1/10. Average age was in the 20's. So is it possible to have clogged arteries by the mid 20's ...Read more

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I have been on dexilant (dexlansoprazole) for almost 6 years, is this safe? I would like to get off it, I read something about it affecting arteries or heart

I have been on dexilant (dexlansoprazole) for almost 6 years, is this safe? I would like to get off it, I read something about it affecting arteries or heart

Well!: I would assume your cardiologist placed you on this. You must have had stents placed I assume. Best to speak to your cardiologist. You have to be very cautious here ...Read more

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I had Angioplasty done on two coronary arteries in April, 2015. I'm 74 years. What type of exercise & upto what duration per week is safe for me?

I had Angioplasty done on two coronary arteries in April, 2015. I'm 74 years. What type of exercise & upto what duration per week is safe for me?

Start with walking: You may walk as long and as fast as tolerated. You may be able to increase the rigor of the exercise with continued experience. If you get breathless or have chest pain, limit your exercise and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a artery in my neck clogging if my blood pressure has been high for 7 years?

Is a artery in my neck clogging if my blood pressure has been high for 7 years?

Maybe: Carotid artery disease is one possible negative effect of chronic high blood pressure. "clogged" vessels in other places (heart, brain, legs, more) can also occur, and lead to things like heart attacks, strokes, poor leg circulation, kidney problems, etc. However, it's not too late to do something-talk to your doc about eval & tx including healthy diet, exercise, wt. Loss and poss medication. ...Read more

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I am 17 years old. I had a block in my coronary artery. Is this common among teens?

I am 17 years old. I had a block in my coronary artery. Is this common among teens?

No: It is extremely rare for a teenager to have a blockage in a coronary artery. Atheroscleosclerosis is the process that usually causes blockage in arteries but only slowly progresses with symptoms beginning in middle age or rarely in some families at a younger age. Congenital abnormalities with aberrant coronary origins or single coronaries can occasionally cause heart problems in teenagers. ...Read more

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My father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?

My father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?

Possibly: It depends on his general health especially the condition of his heart and lungs. The surgeon must report no more than a 3 - 5% complication rate. He may be a candidate for a stenting procedure if he has heart problems or multiple strokes. ...Read more

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My dad 53 years had angioplasty in 3 arteries last year after heart attack, is there probability of heart attack recurrence?

My dad 53 years had angioplasty in 3 arteries last year after heart attack, is there probability of heart attack recurrence?

Yes; permanent chanc: One of the biggest risk factors for a heart attack in the future is having experienced a heart attack already. Thus, once you have a heart attack, you confirm that you have atherosclerosis (thickening of the vessel walls), and that leads to (9) a permanent increease in risk. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I had parotid surgeries 25 & 20 years ago. I recently experienced TIA. Tests show left carotid artery 30% blocked & right carotid artery 70%.?

I had parotid surgeries 25 & 20 years ago. I recently experienced TIA. Tests show left carotid artery 30% blocked & right carotid artery 70%.?

Focus on carotids: Likely the carotid blockages are due to longstanding deposits of cholesterol and plaques along the inside of the arteries. Coukd be due to high cholesterol or genetics. This is likely what's causing your TIAs as these arteries are the main source if blood into the brain. The lack of blood to the brain can cause TIAs and eventually full strokes. Discuss your options with your doc for treatment ...Read more

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I'm 29 years old and have a 1.9cm splenic artery annyurism. I will be undergoing a arteriogram to repair it. What are the risks? How is recovery?

I'm 29 years old and have a 1.9cm splenic artery annyurism. I will be undergoing a arteriogram to repair it. What are the risks? How is recovery?

Risks: There are always risks of bleeding and rupture of the artery or puncture of the spleen, but this is rare. Recovery is actually very rapid aside from recommending no blunt force trauma for quite some time. ...Read more

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Diagnosed two years with chronic total radial artery occlusion. Blood thinners has not dissolved it. What treatment can be done?

Diagnosed two years with chronic total radial artery occlusion. Blood thinners has not dissolved it. What treatment can be done?

What symptoms: You have, the condition you are describing, when radial artery gets occluded (chronic process), collaterals will develops, ulnar artery compensates, through planar arterial arches, then rarely vascular reconstruction done. Contrary in acute process where the lack of blood supply threatens viability of limb then will need reconstruction as seen in dialysis patients. ...Read more

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Pain in neck right side artery I am 48 years old have high blood pressure but take 2 medications for it. The pain just started today?

Pain in neck right side artery I am 48 years old have high blood pressure but take 2 medications for it. The pain just started today?

See your doctor: If it's just started and has no causative reason (trauma, sleeping funny, from lifting equipment), then you need to have your doctor will help investigate this further along with a physical examination too to find the medical reason for your pain. The sooner the better. Good that you just started having these symptoms. ...Read more

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I am a 45 years old. When is a good age to have a heart stress done? I am concerned about clogged arteries or other heart issues. Thank you.

I am a 45 years old. When is a good age to have a heart stress done? I am concerned about clogged arteries or other heart issues. Thank you.

Symptoms?: Do you have any symptoms? Any strong family history? Stress tests are not usually done without symptoms or a strong suggestion from history. For a person that has no symptoms, no family history, who is in good health this is not routine. ...Read more

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Is edta safe and without side effects? I hear it's good for clearing the arteries. I am 62 years, have rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.

Is edta safe and without side effects? I hear it's good for clearing the arteries. I am 62 years, have rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.

Controversial: Currently the one accepted indication for edta chelation is for lead and other heavy metal toxicity. It is a very controversial treatment for other conditions including coronary artery disease. Most mainstream medical organizations do not advise this treatment. Organizations like acam which is an alternative medicine organization advocate its use. I do not recommend this myself. ...Read more

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For past month have been having on and off right shoulder pain. Today it hurts reaally bad. Diagnosed 3 years ago with occluded radial artery. Cause?

For past month have been having on and off right shoulder pain. Today it hurts reaally bad. Diagnosed 3 years ago with occluded radial artery. Cause?

Too many reasons: There are too many causes of shoulder pain such as infection injury rotator cuff tear bursitis arthritis impingement syndrome pinched nerve in neck fibromyalgia tendinitis over use of muscles I am not certain if there is any connection with your diagnosis of radial artery blockage to this shoulder pain now but it has been going on far too long now do see your doctor and get it checked soon. ...Read more

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If I've been sedentary for many years, sitting almost always, could I have clogged arteries at 25? Bad diet too. My heart races and I have chest pain.

If I've been sedentary for many years, sitting almost always, could I have clogged arteries at 25? Bad diet too. My heart races and I have chest pain.

Sitting: Sitting will not cause immediate clog of arteries, but this is not a healthy lifestyle. A poor diet and lack of exercise is not a good combination. I suggest you see your M.D. for clearance to begin an exercise and diet program! ...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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What do you recommend if I had an angioplasty two years ago and now he has a stent in his coronary arteries and also he takes Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 every day?

What do you recommend if I had an angioplasty two years ago and now he has a stent in his coronary arteries and also he takes Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20 every day?

Medical management: Sounds like you have a significant cardiac history. You need to really modify your lifestyle and optimize it. Good diet, exercise, no smoking and careful follow-up with you PMD and cardiologist ...Read more

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I am a 53 year old male, had a mild heart attack 2 years ago, have lupus also, arteries are too small for stent, I am smoking still, will meds work for?

I am a 53 year old male, had a mild heart attack 2 years ago, have lupus also, arteries are too small for stent, I am smoking still, will meds work for?

Heart disease: Most interventions (medical or surgical) today are based on medical evidence based on research and are used only if they have been shown to be effective. Please discuss your case with your cardiologist and ask her/him to direct to the evidence for whatever medications she/he is recommending. There are too many medications and each should be discussed in the context ...Read more