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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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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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How common is coronary artery disease cad?

How common is coronary artery disease cad?

Dominant Behavior: The key issue: atherosclerosis, an accumulation of white blood cells in the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood & primarily driven by lipoproteins (the proteins which transport fat in the water outside cells) is dominant human behavior yet is typically ignored because it remains asymptomatic for decades until plaque rupture releases debris, triggers clots & suddenly blocks blood flow. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease?

What are the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease?

Symptoms of CAD: Usually, there are no symptoms of coronary artery disease (cad). Contributing factors include hypertension, obesity, lack of exercise, stress, high cholesterol. If you or your doctor suspect cad, then you should get checked. Sometimes, however, the first symptom is a heart attack or a stroke. ...Read more

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How many main coronary arteries?

1: When referring to the "main" coronary artery, that is usually refers to the left main (lm) coronary artery. This artery divides quickly into the left anterior and left cicumflex artery, both very important and large conduits supplying much of the heart muscle with blood. The right coronary artery usually has its own origin. In some people there is no lm and each artery has its origin off the aorta. ...Read more

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Carotid artery stenosis is how common at which age groups?

Carotid artery stenosis is how common at which age groups?

Above 50 : There is different numbers depending on age ( more common above 50), sex ( more common in males), presence of symptoms and severity of stenosis . Generally incidence of asymptomatic more than 50% stenosis in people above 50 years of age is around 6-11% in men and 5-7% in women. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of femoral artery aneurysm?

What are the most common symptoms of femoral artery aneurysm?

None: Usually none unless it leaks or bursts and then it's very painful, there is large possibly pulsating lump, and, in the worst case, your blood pressure drops with faintness. Prior to rupture, one may discover an unusually easy to feel pulsation in the crease in the groin which is painless. There's normally a strong pulse there so distinguishing it from an aneurysm may be hard without ultrasound. ...Read more

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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

Arteries: Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis. Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

What are the most common symptoms of vertebral artery dissection?

Vertebral artery sx: The typical presentation of vertebral artery dissection is a young person with severe occipital headache and posterior neck pain following a recent, relatively minor, head or neck injury. Other symptoms: facial pain and numbness, speech difficulty, hoarseness, loss of pain and temperature sensation in the trunk and limbs, loss of taste, hiccups, vertigo, nausea, double vision, or problem swallowi. ...Read more

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What's the most common cause of aortic aneurysms?

What's the most common cause of aortic aneurysms?

Run in families: Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary artery blockage?

What are the causes of coronary artery blockage?

Several: There are a number of risk factors that lead to plaque in the coronary arteries which is the reason for the blockage. Some of these are smoking, high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, an abnormally high cholesterol, lack of exercise, and obesity. There are also hereditary factors. ...Read more

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What are the main coronary arteries?

What are the main coronary arteries?

Coronary arteries: Here's an image of the right and left coronary arteries & their branches. ...Read more

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What are the most common coronary diseases?

What are the most common coronary diseases?

Coronary disease: By far the most common coronary disease is atherosclerotic coronary disease, which is a common type of plaque build up that narrows the diameter of the blood vessels normally supplying blood to the heart. ...Read more

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What is a common cause of coronary artery disease in teens?

What is a common cause of coronary artery disease in teens?

Different than adult: The type of heart disease seen in teenagers is different from that seen in adults. Some problems are congenital (born with them) that only become apparent in the teenage years. Some common diagnoses include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, myocarditis (viral infection), pericarditis, and marfan syndrome. There are variety of congenital metabolic disorders which are uncommon such as glycogen-storage. ...Read more

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How common are pulmonary flow murmurs?

How common are pulmonary flow murmurs?

Common: Benign pulmonary flow murmurs are common, particularly in children or athletic individuals. ...Read more

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What are common factors that cause coronary heart disease?

What are common factors that cause coronary heart disease?

Several: Besides inheriting bad genes, the following 'self inflicted' factors can lead to coronary heart disease: obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. ...Read more

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How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults ?

How common is CAD (coronary heart disease) in young adults ?

Increasingly common.: With soaring obesity rates and more sedentary lifestyles in a society centered around the individual's pleasure, it is not surprising that the incidence of coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are all increasing in young adults... ...Read more