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100 % blocked artery I have 1 artery that is 100% blocked and 2 that is 50% blocked.I'm with the va and they said the 100% blocked artery rerouted two little veins to the bottom of my heart and kind of repaired itself.They are also 50% blocked and too sma

100 % blocked artery I have 1 artery that is 100% blocked and 2 that is 50% blocked.I'm with the va and they said the 100% blocked artery rerouted two little veins to the bottom of my heart and kind of repaired itself.They are also 50% blocked and too sma

It's : It's a very good question. There are times when we (as cardiologists) will send a patient for bypass surgery of a single 100% blocked vessel, especially if it is the artery on the front of the heart (left anterior descending) and especially if heart muscle function is depressed (ejection fraction). However, if heart muscle function is good and the body has made its own small bypass vessels (collateral arteries) we will often manage single vessel disease like you describe medically. It is then critically important that the other arteries stay healthy since part of the backup system is now gone. Medical management should include drugs that lower the risk of heart attack and plaque progression. Aggressive treatment of cholesterol elevation is critically important. You should also know that surgery is generally pursued to decrease the risk of death or to improve symptoms that can't be controlled medically, and your risk of death may not be high enough to justify the risk of surgery. Surgery does not generally reduce the risk of heart attack though (in the right circumstances) it can make heart attacks more survivable. Although i don't know enough about your condition to give you a definite personal answer, the situation you describe is not unusual. I will say, however, that treatment of your heart disease must include careful attention to minimizing your risk of plaque progression and plaque rupture (i.e. Heart attack), which will likely involve aggressive therapy with statins and/or other cholesterol lowering medications. ...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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Arteries blocked in neck and on blood thinners. What kind of diet should I maintain?

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Arteries blocked in neck and on blood thinners. What kind of diet should I maintain?

Are you on coumadin (warfarin)?: If you are on coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) then you need to make sure that you watch out your diet and being consistent with your diet -especially for food that contains high amount of vitamin k- like vegetables etc. Your doctor should be able to guide you regarding diet selection if you are on coumadin (warfarin). If you are on xarelto- well balanced food- that is low in fat-low salt diet would be good. ...Read more

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Do blood clots move out of the arteries.

Do blood clots move out of the arteries.

Aterial clot: Usually causes a tissue infarction (ie in the heart an mi or heart attack). Contrast to venous clot in the leg which can embolize to the small vessels of the lung and produce a pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Can arteries of the heart clog if on a super healthy diet, no cholesterol, no smoking, and low blood pressure?

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Can arteries of the heart clog if on a super healthy diet, no cholesterol, no smoking, and low blood pressure?

Yes: But you are maximizing your chances at not getting cad. Genetics also play a role. Make sure you exercise regularly & maintain ideal body weight. ...Read more

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I suffer from high blood pressure and my hands tingle so often. My lipid profile has a LDL of 103 and HDL of 36 can this be the reason ?

I suffer from high blood pressure and my hands tingle so often. My lipid profile has a  LDL of 103 and HDL of 36 can this be the reason ?

Not likely: Your lipid profile is reasonable. More likely the tingling comes from endothelial dysfunction, which is the lining of the blood vessel. You could also have microvascular issues, related to diabetes or insulin resistance. More information at www.drcynthia.com/freebook ...Read more

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How can fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

How can  fat and cholesterol get into your blood system and clog up the arteries?

In Short: It gets taken up into the cells. Then, immune cells called monocytes see it and turn into their bigger, meaner cousin called macrophages. Those macrophages get angry and foam things up in the tissues and lead to the repetition of this cycle. ...Read more

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Artherosclerosis is when plaque builds up occluding lumen of arteries, right. How does this affect blood pressure?

Artherosclerosis is when plaque builds up occluding lumen of arteries, right. How does this affect blood pressure?

Atherosclerosis: A thickened atherosclerotic blood vessel becomes less compliant and can therefore result in a higher BP (same volume of blood traveling in smaller and stiffer pipes). Elevated BP is a potent risk factor for accelerating atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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My blood clot was due to a mass that was found in the left ventrical of the heart bits and pieces periodlybreaks off, and go throught out the vascular system. What vitamines and minerals can I take?

My blood clot was due to  a mass that was found in the left ventrical of the heart  bits and pieces periodlybreaks off, and go throught out the vascular system. What vitamines and minerals can I take?

Vitamins do not help: Your condition is rare but serious and most likely you are by now taking prescription for " blood thinning"- warfarin or similar to it. It is preventing further clothing of blood.Some food and minerals may interfere with efficacy if this drug and you need to specifically ask your doctor about it ! ...Read more

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Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) wipe out the cholesterol in your arteries? Or just low the amount of cholesterol produce by the body

Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) wipe out the cholesterol in your arteries? Or just low the amount of cholesterol produce by the body

Both, kind of...: The main function of Lipitor (atorvastatin) is to decrease your hepatic production of cholesterol. However, several studies shows that when this happens, over time you may see an improvement in your vascular health as evidenced by stabilization of plaque, reduction in plaque size, and reduction in carotid wall thickness. ...Read more

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I have no cholesterol or diabetes. Had a sonogram of my neck arteries and it showed a build up of 40% on the right side. I'm i in danger?

I have no cholesterol or diabetes. Had a sonogram of my neck arteries and it showed a build up of 40% on the right side. I'm i in danger?

Pad: No, in fact slight buildup ofplaque in the carotid distribution can be seen in young patients too. You have to adhere to diet and exercise. Perhaps cholesterol pills to stabilize and reduce cv risk. Aggressive risk factors modification especially no smoking. The ultrasound gives a range of narrowing from 0-50% 50-70% and above 70% . Your 40% is mild. ...Read more

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Enlarged heart and decreased blood flow in and out of heart. Am middle aged. What to do?

Enlarged heart and decreased blood flow in and out of heart. Am middle aged. What to do?

See heart doc ASAP!!: This sounds very abnormal. I would see a cardiologist right away. ...Read more

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Is smoking meth going to decrease my chance of improving my 15% heart failure?

Is smoking meth going to decrease my chance of improving my 15% heart failure?

Yes: I"m not sure how you got the figure 15%. But chronic meth use places a demand on the heart that isn't otherwise there, and thereby increases the likelihood of future heart problems, including congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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4er visits,1cxr which was clear, lungs sound clear, 9 pack history,25yrs old,coughed up small amount of blood, size of the white on my fingernail,lc??

4er visits,1cxr which was clear, lungs sound clear, 9 pack history,25yrs old,coughed up small amount of blood, size of the white on my fingernail,lc??

Depends: bloody cough with smoking history can be due to bronchitis, dancer, blood clots. I would suggest a ct scan by your doctor if one has not been done. The nails need to be seen in person to give the best answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are odds of 55 y/o woman with history of high cholesterol,never on statins,with perfect B/P,no smoking,little exercise to have clogged arteries?

What are odds of 55 y/o woman with history of high cholesterol,never on statins,with perfect B/P,no smoking,little exercise to have clogged arteries?

There is probably: no 55 year old without at least a mild degree of atherosclerosis, but there is no way to predict the degree of severity based on very limited clinical info. See your doctor for a comprehensive evaluation and referral for any additional tests, if necessary. ...Read more