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Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Is vertebral artery dissection curable?

Generally not: The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), affect women to men 3:1 and can cause stroke in people head trauma, yoga, painting a ceiling. 50% have hbp. Treatment is supportive. Blood thinners are used if bleeding is ruled out. Surgery is not usually an option. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


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Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

Is aortic aneurysm same as aortic dissection?

No: An aortic dissection is a tear in the lining of the aorta, causing blood to leak into the aortic wall, causing pain and possibly hemodynamic issues. An aneurysm is an enlargement of the vessel to more than 2 times its normal size. Dissections may occur in aneurysms, and may become aneurysmal, but can occur independent of each other. ...Read more

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How does aortic dissection differs from aortic aneurysm?

How does aortic dissection differs from aortic aneurysm?

Aneurysm/Dissection: An aneurysm is an area where the aorta has ballooned out compared to the aorta below and above. The more expanded the greater the risk of rupture. Dissection is when there is a disruption of the inner layer of the aorta and blood can flow between the layers. This often will cause blockages of aortic branch vessels resulting in stroke, heart attack, and bowel/kidney infarction, etc. ...Read more

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Can weightlifting cause aortic dissection?

Can weightlifting cause aortic dissection?

Possibly: Any reason that cause sudden and severe increase in blood pressure should be avoided . Most of dissections have no etiology but in unusual diseases like marian syndrome u could be at risk. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

Aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Can aortic dissection be inherited?

Can aortic dissection be inherited?

Yes: If associated with inheritable collagen diseases. However, it is usually related to elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can an aortic dissection lead to unilateral leg ischemia?

Can an aortic dissection lead to unilateral leg ischemia?

Yes: Aortic dissection can cause compromised blood flow to any branch of of the aorta including the iliac or femoral vessels which supply each leg with blood. ...Read more

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How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

How does an ascending aortic aneurysn differ from a descending aortic aneurysm?

Couple of things: Ascending aortic aneurysms occur anywhere from just after the heart to just after the takeoff of the blood brain vessels. In descending aneurysm, the site is any of the remaining aorta. This becomes complicated because one type can also turn into the other. Generally speaking, ascending aneurysms are usually operated on, and descending are usually medically managed. Complicated topic. ...Read more

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Define?accute anteroseptal myocardial infarction, atherosclerotic obstructive coronary artery disease, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, hypokalemia

Define?accute anteroseptal myocardial infarction, atherosclerotic obstructive coronary artery disease, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, hypokalemia

Here are some...: A 400-letter space is impossible to address many indicated subjects as questioned here. Why not type in the terms as keywords to search online? Thereby you surely gain a lot of pertinent information to feed your appetite of knowledge. Or you may just ask your doc who should be able to answer your questions to the point much easier. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Yes: The vast majority of carotid dissections will heal in their own. The dissection should be followed with ultrasound to monitor the vessel for development of pseudo aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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How could a thoracic aortic aneurysm lead to pulmonary congestion/cough?

How could a  thoracic aortic aneurysm lead to pulmonary congestion/cough?

Several: Descending aorta can be quite large and compress the lung or the left airway- bronchus. Ascending aorta can have valve disruption and congestive failure as features of progression. Many are asymptomatic in the early stage and only detected by x-rays. ...Read more

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Vascular aortic anyerisum

Vascular aortic anyerisum

Aortic aneurysm: means pathological increase in diameter of aorta which is the largest artery in chest and abdomen ...Read more

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Possible aortic dissection in teen?

Possible aortic dissection in teen?

See a doctor: aortic dissection is a life threatening emergency. unlikely in teens but possible especially if there is a connective tissue disorder. if you have any concern about an aortic dissection, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm the same thing as aortic dissection?

Is abdominal aortic aneurysm the same thing as aortic dissection?

AAA v dissection: Not really; an aneurysm bulges due to a weakness in the artery wall. A dissection is a tear in one or more ( of the three) layers of the artery wall which continues in one or both directions. ...Read more

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What is valvular aortic stenosis?

What is valvular aortic stenosis?

Narrowed heart valve: The aortic valve is between the left ventricle and the aorta. It ensures that blood flows from the heart to the body and not backwards. When the valve is malformed, it does not open fully and the ventricle must work harder to push blood to the body. The medical term for this condition is stenosis. ...Read more

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What is a dissecting aortic aneurysm?

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Serious condition: An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate. If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%. ...Read more

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Aortic Dissection (Definition)

A serious condition in which the inner layer of the large blood vessel branching off the heart (the aorta) tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of ...Read more