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What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

Larger than normal: The aorta is the largest blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to elsewhere. Enlargement of vessel means a dilation (ballooning out as pictured here) to larger than it should be. It right next to the heart--aortic root, it can cause the valve to leak, and if severe it can cause much problem. Enlargement further down may burst, that causes serious problem too. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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A pulmonary artery that is 31 mm and aortic artery is 3.7 and a borderline enlargement heart is that classified as pulmonary arterial hypertension?

A pulmonary artery that is 31 mm and aortic artery is 3.7 and a borderline enlargement heart is that classified as pulmonary arterial hypertension?

No. Need RVSP.: To diagnose pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), you need to have (1) a description of symptoms that you experience that is consistent with PAH, and (2) a measurement or estimate of the pulmonary arterial pressure - either by echocardiogram or by Swan-Ganz (right heart) catheterization. Only after a doctor has obtained this information can you diagnose PAH. Use HealthTap Prime to discuss. ...Read more

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Could you live "well" with only one artery feeding your heart?

Could you live "well" with only one artery feeding your heart?

It depends: This really depends on the clinical circumstances. The heart has three main arteries that supply the heart blood. I have had patients who have blocked off two of the arteries and thus were living off one artery which formed collarterals, or "natural bypasses" to other areas of the heart. With medications and monitoring in my opinion it is possible to have a reasonable quality of life. ...Read more

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How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

How can I unclog arteries in my heart and keep cholesterol down?

Risk modification: I am assuming you have coronary artery disease and possibly an ischemic event. We are dealing with secondary prevention. Do not smoke, aggressive lipid modification with statins drugs (lower LDL less than 100 and less than 70 if dm and cad), diabetes treatment, BP less than 130/80, Aspirin 81mg a day, Plavix (clopidogrel) if CAD and revascularization done (pci/stent), weight control, physician manage exercise. ...Read more

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Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Can heart arteries harden from causes other than plaque build up?

Yes: Heart is a very metabolically active organ and needs several nutrients to function well like coq10, l-carnitine, magnesium, ribose etc and lack of these will cause the vessels to have greater stiffness. Also indiscriminate of calcium supplements is causing abnormal calcifications of the whole body and arteries. ...Read more

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How does the heart in a relaxed state move blood through arteries?

How does the heart in a relaxed state move blood through arteries?

Arteries pump too!: The arteries are lined with muscle, which aid in the movement of blood through the body. The "pulse" one feels is the contraction of these muscles. Additionally, veins, unlike the arteries, have no muscular lining and thus do not pump blood. They move blood through the assistance of the skeletal muscles and valves found in the veins. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of narrowed arteries in your chest or near your heart?

What are symptoms of narrowed arteries in your chest or near your heart?

Myocardial ischemia: When the heart muscle can't get enough blood flow to supply its needs we call that ischemia. Narrowed arteries, anemia, overgrown muscle and other things can cause it. Chest pain, weakened heart muscle, rhythm problems and other abnormalities may result. It is treated by a combination of therapies. ...Read more

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Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Yes: I don't know specifics but depending on severity a percutaneous vs open heart surgery approach to open up the arteries can be perform. Also if not that severe a medical approach with medication can be done too. All above when rightly perform, the results are excellent. Plenty of alternatives in medicine now a days for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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How long does the heart have before the arteries get clogged up from greasy food?

How long does the heart have before the arteries get clogged up from greasy food?

No definitive answer: Foods high in fat content are processed differently by different people. Depending on their ability to process them by the liver and that depends on genetics. Also, there is more to clogging up arteries than just diet. Exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, cholesterol level, and stress can also cause different amounts of plaques in the arteries in different people based on genetics. ...Read more

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What kind of exam do I have to get to check my heart arteries if they are not clogged..

What kind of exam do I have to get to check my heart arteries if they are not clogged..

Various choices.: If you know your arteries are not clogged, they don't really need checking. If you are having no symptoms, but want to know if there is early plaque, a ct calcium score is sensitive for this. If you are having chest pain and you and symptoms are not high risk, a stress test can help sort it out. A ct coronary angio would give more detail about the degree of blockage. Cardiac cath (cont). ...Read more

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What is the best test to see if my heart arteries are clear besides the heart cath? Whatever is the most accurate.

What is the best test to see if my heart arteries are clear besides the heart cath? Whatever is the most accurate.

Exercise stress test: The EST tests the functionality of the heart as you are asking it to do more and more work in a gradually increasing fashion and you watch to see how it responds to that stress. Various norms have been set up over many years and it is used all around the world. ...Read more

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BP 117/72, LBBB, slight elevated EDP 20, EF 50-55, heart function fine. Arteries large, clear. Exercise limited at times. Diseased or dysfunction? Cure?

BP 117/72, LBBB, slight elevated EDP 20, EF 50-55, heart function fine. Arteries large, clear. Exercise limited at times. Diseased or dysfunction? Cure?

Diastolic: It sounds like you have diastolic dysfunction. You should discuss with your cardiolologist to get an explanation of what is possible in diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

What are the signs of clogged arteries in the heart?

Usually pain: A clogged artery in the heart prevents oxygen from being delivered to the heart muscle. This will cause pain especially when the heart is being stressed as during exercise or in cold weather. The pain is usually experienced as squeezing or pressure and can be present in the chest, neck, back, or arm. A person may also get sweaty and feel short of breath. ...Read more

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Just had a heart cath., told that I have a twisted artery. What is the dangers?

Just had a heart cath., told that I have a twisted artery. What is the dangers?

Maybe none: An artery becomes "twisted" or more tortuous usually secondary to high blood pressure. If there is no blockage in the artery, it may not pose any additional risk. Ask the cardiologist who performed the cath. ...Read more

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How can we deal with hardened heart arteries?

How can we deal with hardened heart arteries?

Symptoms?: If you have symptoms (angina or heart attack), you need to be under a doctor's care. For everyone concerned about arteriosclerosis: don't smoke, eat a Mediterranean Diet, keep BP under control, try to be optimal weight, exercise daily. If you're >65, have diabetes, or known blockage, take aspirin daily (at least 75 mg). ...Read more

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Is stretching beneficial to your arteries and heart?

Is stretching beneficial to your arteries and heart?

Stretching: Stretching itself is unlikely to so but if stretching is part of your aerobic exercise session prelude then it will help avoid muscle and joint injury. ...Read more

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How does tiny arteries to the heart affect procedures?

How does tiny arteries to the heart affect procedures?

Ensure blood supply: The question is a little vague but I will try to explain. The small arteries to the heart (the coronary arteries) are what supply blood to the hearyt to keep it pumping. The big artery from the heart supplies the systemic circulation. If the small arteries get blocked, then you have a heart attack and may die. Any surgical proceedure may put enough stress on the heart to have a heart attack. ...Read more

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With 2 collapsed arteries, is this a danger for my heart?

With 2 collapsed arteries, is this a danger for my heart?

I am assuming you: Are talking about coronary artery disease in the form of an atheromatous plague occlusive disease. Also I am assuming you don't have a heart attack. If above is right, you are supposed to be under the care of a cardiologist now. Drug treatment, stress test, 2d echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and evaluation for a possible revascularization procedure already possibly done. ...Read more

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What are the main foods that harm the hearts arteries and why?

What are the main foods that harm the hearts arteries and why?

Cholesterol: Cholesterol containing food is bad for your arteries. Change diet to veg, salad, fruit and fish twice a week.

Why? Cholesterol can clog your pipe lines. ...Read more

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How often heart cath is done with some one with no block arterys?

How often heart cath is done with some one with no block arterys?

Not often: A ct angio may be a reasonable alternative. Sounds like the cath is being performed because it can be not because it needs to be. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the hardening of the heart's arteries caused by?

Cholesterol and time: Untreated high chol, high bp, and time usually are the big factors. Family hx also plays a key role. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the normal life of non medicated stunt, after fitted in heart arteries?

Forever: For the majority, they last forever. 5-10 % heal with an exuberant scar. That occurs even less often with a drug eluting stent. ...Read more

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Is the hearts output in one beat the only thing that makes the BP what it is or could the pressure on the arteries be effected by something else?

Is the hearts output in one beat the only thing that makes the BP what it is or could the pressure on the arteries be effected by something else?

More Information: Your question is interesting when I see that you have had a number of "sophisticated" cardiac tests.
Yes one heartbeat initiates circulation at a given pressure but a lot of disorders affect the VESSELS which require the heart to beat at a higher pressure.
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more