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Enlarged Artery In Heart
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
What's mean mild coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending and the right coronary artery? It's something to worry? Heart attack?
MDs visual judgement: I would be quite wary of the assessment, likely based on a coronary angiogram. Get a copy of all the images, on a cdrom from hospital, &closely examine yourself. Do not settle for someone else's interpretation, its not their body/heart. Any narrowing (stenosis) means advanced atherosclerosis with previous plaque ruptures; clots which have fibrosed/not-cleared; narrowed the opening of the artery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small left sided heart with abnormal septal motion in ventricle EF 60-65% heart is normal including thickness. Possible pulmonary hypertension cause?
MRI: If you have severe pulmonary hypertension, you may have Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. This is potentially a serious diagnosis. Intracardiac and intrapulmonary shunting must be ruled out. A cardiac MRI and nuclear shunt test can make this determination. These tests are likely only available at a major referral center - London. Good luck. ...Read more
About 20% over 10y: If you have ever had a heart attack before, and you are not having major heart symptoms now, then your risk for a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 yrs is about 20%. Taking 40-80 mg of atorvastatin daily would decrease risk to about 10%. Visit my website, http://CardioGauge.com for info about calculating risk for heart attack and stroke. Good luck! ...Read more
Many possible ways: Clogged heart arteries may be associated with hardening of the vessels in the brain because these 2 conditions have many of the same risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, etc). A clot in the heart may travel in the bloodstream and cause a stroke in the brain. It the heart clot affects the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently to brain, other problems due to that may also occur. ...Read more
Depends: Coronary steal from unligated side branches from the left internal mammary artery (lima) when it is used for coronary bypass is an area of open debate. Most surgeons will ligate a large side branch to prevent the possibility of steal, small branches are often not (the risk of ligating higher than the liklihood of steal). The exact size that requires ligation to prevent steal is unknown. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bilateral high flow in common carotid artery and internal carotid artery with normal end diastolic velocity and no stenosis. Is this normal?
How high is high?: Increased flow without stenosis can happen if the cardiac output is very high or there is tortuosity if the arteries Generally don't worry until systolic velocity is over 200 cm/sec and even then it is probably ok with normal diastolic velocity why did you get the test? IF you are asymptomtic I would not worry too much ...Read more
MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM.Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea. ??
Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more
Aneurysm or high risk of heart attack or stroke cause taste of blood in throat?myocardial infraction, inflamed plaque,head pain,chest pain-symptoms!?
Yes but uncommon: Although uncommon, it is usually due to a congenital cause (conditions that one is born with). Classic atherosclerotic plaque is unlikely unless the patient has a severe form of family hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes, heavy smoker, Cocaine user, etc. Abnormal position of the coronary arteries is a rare but potential lethal cause of a heart attack. ...Read more
See below: The Left anterior descending with its branches, diagonals and septal perforators, the left circumflex with its branches, obtuse marginals, and the right coronary artery with its branches, especially the posterior descending and posterolateral branches. ...Read more
By decreasing oxygen: The heart muscle depends on oxygen supplied by the coronary arteries to effectively function. When the artery is narrowed it can decrease the supply of oxygen and decrease the force of the muscle contraction. The stroke volume is a measure of how much blood the heart forces out with each beat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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