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Coratic Artery Blockage
Risk: If an artery is 25-50% narrowed, you would generally not have any symptoms except under extreme exercise. However, the fact that it is partially blocked implies that you are at risk for progression — either gradual due the risk factors that cause the partial narrowing or suddenly when platelets stick to the area and cause complete blockage. ...Read more
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
90%: Is the usual amount of blockage that produces "claudication." it varies quite a bit, though; some people don't notice anything until they have 100% blockage, others start to notice problems at 50%. The more you ask of your legs, the earlier you'll notice it. ...Read more
What are some ways doctors measure cardio health? How do they know if there is any blockage in arteries?
Location?: The best test for detecting blockage in your arteries depends on the location of the blockage. Ultrasound can be used to detect blockage in the carotid (neck) and leg arteries, for example. ...Read more
See a vascular doc: They can do testing for blockages.Get a more detailed answer ›
Everyone's different: The pain of pad is from tissue (muscles, skin, nerves, etc) not getting enough blood. An elite athlete might have symptoms from a single 50% plaque. A sedentary person might not notice a complete blockage or multiple partial blockages. Rest pain is usually from severe plaques at multiple levels. In general, the body compensates for artery plaques for a long time before pain occurs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends . . .: Where is blockage? In other words, which artery is blocked? Heart? Brain? Legs? Lungs? Penis? Arterial blockage in heart could cause angina (chest pain) or even heart attack if abrupt. In brain, we call this a stroke. In legs, it's peripheral arterial/vascular disease. In lungs, its pulmonary embolism (very dangerous & deadly). In penis, its erectile dysfunction. Chance of survival varies. . . ...Read more
Various modalities: There are non-invasive tests to look for blockages such as stress echocardiography (stress test w/ultrasound imaging), nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear medicine imaging), cardiac ct and MRI (mri is still investigational for coronary anatomy). Gold standard examination requires invasive cardiac catheterization with dye injected into the arteries (or ultrasound) and imaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?
Hi doctors, how long does plaque in the arteries take to progress into a complete blockage, when minimal now. 60 y/o male?
Many factors affect: This is highly variable. The natural course is for it to slowly progress but the odds are it will never progress to complete blockage and it could stay stable or even regress and disappear. Many factors determine how quickly it progresses or regresses: your blood pressure, diet, activity level, stress, exposure to toxins, genetics etc. See http://tinyurl.com/axtab4d and http://tinyurl.com/9x3n594 ...Read more
Vascular surgeon: That's a high grade blockage and puts one at high risk for a stroke. A vascular surgeon is best qualified to follow, treat and advise a patient with such a high grade blockage. ...Read more
How serious is a circumflex artery blockage that is 90%? Would this likely be fatal and if so, how long before one would have that result on average?
Coronary artery : High grade circumflex disease coul be the cause of angina or infarction. It could be fatal but less likely than LAD disease. If well treated you could live a long time with that disease and something else could get you. Smoke and don't work on your condition and chances in infarction are excellent. ...Read more
Recently I had a blockage in artery and they tried to stent me, it was not a sucess. They want me to go back for a roto rooter procedure. Complicati?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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