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Doctor insights on: Collateral Circulation

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What is collateral circulation?

What is collateral circulation?

Accessory pathways: Collateral circulation is a term used to describe alternative pathways of blood flow that become prominent when a main vessel is blocked. These smaller vessels exist in everyone but are usually very small if the normal pathway is open. Some areas of the body have more secondary branches to provide collateral circulation than others. ...Read more

Circulation (Definition)

1.Movement to and fro or around something, esp. That of fluid in a closed system. 2.The continuous motion by which the blood travels through all parts of the body under the action of the heart. Compliments ...Read more


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What does collateral circulation mean?

What does collateral circulation mean?

Accessory pathways: Collateral circulation is a term used to describe alternative pathways of blood flow that become prominent when a main vessel is blocked. These smaller vessels exist in everyone but are usually very small if the normal pathway is open. Some areas of the body have more secondary branches to provide collateral circulation than others. ...Read more

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What is porto-systemic collateral circulation?

What is porto-systemic collateral circulation?

Abnormal: It is the type of circulation that develops as a result of a compromised blood flow through the portal vein that passes through the liver secondary to scarring of the liver caused by perpetual inflammation. This condition is known as liver cirrhosis, which usually develops as an end stage of the inflammatory process. ...Read more

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How unusual is cardiac collateral circulation?

How unusual is cardiac collateral circulation?

It's usual: It is very usual. In fact, it develops when main arterial flow is compromised by the developing clolesterol plaques. ...Read more

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How unusual is cardiac collateral circulation that supplies the heart?

How unusual is cardiac collateral circulation that supplies the heart?

Quite common: Collateral circulation is quite common in people who have progressive development of coronary artery narrowing. Several examples of collateral circulation are normal consequences of the native coronary circulation. ...Read more

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Why do some people's bodies create very efficient collateral circulation in heart issues such as coarctation? What are factors for success?

Why do some people's bodies create very efficient collateral circulation in heart issues such as coarctation? What are factors for success?

At birth: Great question! you're either born with the potential for collaterals or you're not. You cannot do anything yourself to make them appear. When a vessel becomes obstructed, the hydrostatic pressure that occurs from the "backup" opens the collaterals if they're present. Thus the expression, "your anatomy determines your destiny.". ...Read more

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Is CABG surgery needed if you have good collaterals and micro-circulation?

Is CABG surgery needed if you have good collaterals and micro-circulation?

Maybe: It depends where on the artery the blockage sits, how severe it is, and how many blockages there are. If near the origin and in a large artery, collaterals may or may not be sufficient. It depends on your particular circulation. That's why they do a catheterization with dye and pictures first. ...Read more

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What does this mean Other Anomalies Of Pulmonary Artery And Pulmonary Circulation with collateral flow?

What does this mean Other Anomalies Of Pulmonary Artery And Pulmonary Circulation with collateral flow?

Partial description: That sounds like only part of a larger description? Anomalies usually refers to a congenital or birth defect. Collateral flow means blood is reaching its target tissue by alternate routes. Taken all together, my guess is: there is some congenital obstruction or diversion of blood from the right ventricle thru the lungs that, nonetheless, has found a way to get through. ...Read more

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I'm scared, circulation problems?

I'm scared, circulation problems?

By all means: get medically evaluated to find out if you do. Knowledge is power. If you have circulatory problems then they can be addressed. Take care. ...Read more

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What can I do for bad circulation?

What can I do for bad circulation?

Depends: Depends if means venous or arterial issue. If pad, controlling risk factors such as hypertension, increase cholesterol, weight management, improved diet. Excercise is beneficial. ...Read more