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What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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How much blockage to arteries is needed to cause pvd pain?

How much blockage to arteries is needed to cause pvd pain?

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

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What are some ways doctors measure cardio health? How do they know if there is any blockage in arteries?

What are some ways doctors measure cardio health? How do they know if there is any blockage in arteries?

Following: Cardiac health is measured and investigated by 1 Risk Factors like family history,smoking,high cholesterol,Diabetes&Obesity 2 Symptoms like Chest Pain,shortness of breath etc 3EKG 4Stress Test 5Echocardiogram 6Coronary Angiogram ...Read more

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Can there be a specific medical test to determine blockage in arteries?

Can there be a specific medical test to determine 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

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How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

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 more

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If a 70-year-old suffered an artery blockage, what is their chance of survival?

If a 70-year-old suffered an artery blockage, what is their chance of survival?

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, it's pulmonary embolism (very dangerous & deadly). In penis, it's erectile dysfunction. Chance of survival varies . . . ...Read more

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How do I have all the other arteries check to see if any plaque is building up or blockage?

How do I have all the other arteries check to see if any plaque is building up or blockage?

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 more

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