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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could  blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...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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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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Head cold coughing temperature blocked sinuses and blocked ears?

Head cold coughing temperature blocked sinuses and  blocked ears?

Uri: Sounds like upper respiratory illness. Usually viral take Ibuprofen and oxymetazoline for three days to improve with symptoms and if worsens see you general doctor. ...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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Can hypertension possibly cause clogged ears or blocked eustachian tubes?

Can hypertension possibly cause clogged ears or blocked eustachian tubes?

Unlikely: two common things and may occur together with one NOT causing the other! ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

Cardiac Cath: Still today, the most reliable means of demonstrating "blocked" arteries is cardiac catheterization otherwise known as angiography. Ct scan angiography when done in good hands and experienced centers, is also a reliable test, and if negative, makes it very unlikely that the person has significant disease. ...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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Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Stroke: Obstructed blood vessels in brain can result in transient visual loss, numbness, weakness, dizziness, etc, but if the vessel is obstructed, a permanent problem can occur, and this is a stroke. If this is your problem symptom complex, see a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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Ears plugged and hurting high blood pressure, blockage?

Ears plugged and hurting high blood pressure, blockage?

Difficult: It is very hard to tell if you have any coronary artery blockage just with the information you have provided. ...Read more

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Coronary heart disease--same as clogged arteries?

Coronary heart disease--same as clogged arteries?

Yes.: Clogged coronary arteries are the pathological underpinning of coronary heart disease. ...Read more

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Blocked nose , chronic sinus, loosing voice ?

Blocked nose , chronic sinus, loosing voice ?

Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! Certainly see doctor first to rule out medical conditions. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

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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

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Blocked artery in neck caused by radiation?

Blocked artery in neck caused by radiation?

Carotid stenosis: Exposure to radiation, usually in the treatment of cancer, is a known cause of stenosis. It doesn't occur in all cases but it can occur. ...Read more

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Can swollen nasal passage and sinus cause partially blocked tear duct Ct scan showed no growths ?

Can swollen nasal passage and sinus cause partially blocked tear duct Ct scan showed no growths ?

Maybe: The tear ducts are small channels or pipe like structures that originate as a drain at the base of the tear sac.The tear sac is just below the inner corner of your eye. The drains hug the inside of the nasal wall & drain near the base. If they become swollen or blocked by debris they won't drain well. Eye surgeons can put a thin wire probe through through them to open the channel. ...Read more

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Is a blocked coronary artery and and a blocked coronary vessel the same thing?

Is a blocked coronary artery and and a blocked coronary vessel the same thing?

Essentially yes.: A blood vessel could be either an artery or a vein. Blocked coronary vessels are, essentially always arteries, as atherosclerosis occurs in the middle layer of an artery (that the veins don't have). So, all arteries are vessels, but not all vessels are arteries. ...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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Please help! what is the procedure for clearing a blocked artery?

Please help! what is the procedure for clearing a blocked artery?

Blocked artery: There are many tools that can be used depending on how long the blockage has been present. These include balloon angioplasty, cutting balloons, stents, stent-grafts, Atherectomy, clot busting medications, or surgery to bypass around the blockage if you can't go through it. ...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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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?

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

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Are there any new medicines being researched that can clear blocked arteries?

Are there any new medicines being researched that can clear blocked arteries?

All the time: There is no drug immediately on the horizon (next 5 years) that you should expect to do this.. Even good drugs with clearly positive effects are being sued into irrelevance due to rare serious side effects (which almost all drugs have). Taking high-potency statins (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) has been shown to partially clear blocked arteries if the cholesterol is driven low enough. ...Read more

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Can echo detect blocked arteries?

Yes: A properly done ultrasound (=echo) can usually detect blocked arteries. ...Read more

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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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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