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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

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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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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?

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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