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What is degenerative vascular disease?

What is degenerative vascular disease?

Atherosclerotic: Degenerative vascular disease refers to atherosclerotic disease. It is not vascular disease in a 'degenerate'. We call it degenerative because the vessels begin to degenerate from the damage to their walls.

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What are the tests for vascular disease?

What are the tests for vascular disease?

Many: There are many screening tests available for use in individuals at risk for vascular disease. These include carotid duplex which looks for plaque in the carotid arteries. Another important tool is a lowerextremity arterial evaluation/abi which measures the blood pressure ratio in the arm to ankle to estimate blood flow to the legs and ais an excellent marker of vascular disease. Certain blood tes.

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What are the symptoms of vascular disease?

What are the symptoms of vascular disease?

Highly variable: Highly variable...Sometimes a symptomatic until latter & irreversible stages. Talk to your physician & get appropriate screening for you.

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What are the symptoms associated with vascular disease?

What are the symptoms associated with vascular disease?

Two types: Arteries (vessels that flow away from heart to body) and veins (vessels that flow from body to heart) have different symptoms. In artery disease - lack of blood flow to muscles produces loss of ability to use muscles and if acute may produce pain, pallor and loss of pulse. Venous disease presents as varicose veins and progressive swelling of affected area - usually legs. Heart vessels-chest pain.

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What is the definition or description of: Vascular disease?

What is the definition or description of: Vascular disease?

It depends: The vascular system is made up with 3 components, arteries, veins, and lymph channels. The most common description of vascular disease is usually associated with arterial insufficiency, also known as PAD. This usually is more of an issue as people age, who also have associated medical conditions to include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, smokers.

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What tests if any are used to diagnose micro vascular disease? Or is it a diagnosis of exclusion?

What tests if any are used to diagnose micro vascular disease? Or is it a diagnosis of exclusion?

Histogy: It is a clinical diagnosis? Can be definitively diagnosed with small vessel biopsy and use of special tissue staining.

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What is intracranial vascular disease?

What is intracranial vascular disease?

Brain arteries: This refers to narrowing of the arteries within the skull. This is usually the branches of the internal carotid artery within the brain.

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Extensive vascular disease is it always fatal?

Extensive vascular disease is it always fatal?

Depends: It depends on several factors...Where, what kind, how extensive, duration, and coexisting disease factors...Best to check with your doc.

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Do vascular headahces mean I have vascular disease?

Not necessarily: The term vascular headache has been used as another name for migraine headaches. Migraine is now thought of as a result of the release of inflammatory substances in the brain. It does not mean you have vascular disease.

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Does a processed food diet increase risk of vascular disease?

Does a processed food diet increase risk of vascular disease?

Yes: Ptocessed food has increases high level of glucose in blood along with high Insulin levels. This causes high lipids and atherosclerosis an causes vascular disease. It's lowest with high fibre unprocessed natural food.

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How long does it take for the development of cardio vascular disease?

How long does it take for the development of cardio vascular disease?

An interesting study: Some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease include hyperlipidemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, older age and family history. According to a study with a serial intravascular ultrasound on pigs after inducing diabetes and hyperlipidemia, plaque started to develop at week 11, and progressively evolved to high-risk plaques at week 36. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20439786.

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Does either sex have more propensity toward a certain vascular disease?

Male/atherosclerosis: This depends on the cause and location of periphral arterial disease. Most common seen as atherosclerosis in lower extremities and that is more common in men although the outcome in females is worse. So what kind you are asking about?

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What are the food products that claim to reduce cardio vascular disease?

What are the food products that claim to reduce cardio vascular disease?

Too Many: There are too many foods touting cardiovascular benefits! In this day and age a single food is often touted as the next "miracle" food, or that if you eat the berries or drink the juice you will lose weight and never have heart disease-don't buy it! Instead look to create a program based on delicious, whole fresh and minimally processed food items. This is the fuel upon which you were born to run!

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Can foods really reduce cardio vascular disease risk like they say in ads?

Can foods really reduce cardio vascular disease risk like they say in ads?

Yes and no: The following dietary rules reduce risk: eat fruits and vegetables 3-5 servings per day. Fiber 14 g/day. Avoid trans (as low as possible) and saturated (no more than 10% total calories) fats. One to two servings of oily fish/wk - or equivalent in fish oil or omega 3. 1-2 drinks alcohol per day. If you have high BP dietary restrictions on sodium are important.

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Why does vascular disease develop in diabetics?

Why does vascular disease develop in diabetics?

Inflammation: Diabetes can lead to protein changes and inflammation, leading to atherosclerosis, or narrowing and stiffening of blood vessels. Depending on the location, these narrowed arteries may cause heart attack (heart or coronary arteries), stroke (carotid), amputations due to infection/poor healing (legs & feet), blindness (eyes), and kidney failure (kidneys).

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