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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Hardening Of The Arteries (Overview)

Hardening of the arteries = atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries is caused by cholesterol plaques.


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What does hardening of the arteries signal?

What does hardening of the arteries signal?

Hardening of: It means that ones arteries have become stiff due to a process known as "atherosclerosis" happens over a period of time. It usually applies to coronary arteries. Which could mean a future heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
34 Doctors shared insights

Hardening Of The Arteries (Overview)

Hardening of the arteries = atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries is caused by cholesterol plaques.


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Could retinal artery spasm be the symptom to something major?

Could retinal artery spasm be the symptom to something major?

Yes: If you think you or someone else is having a retinal artery spasm, you need to get them to an er as soon as possible. It could be sight saving. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inflamed arteries?

What are the symptoms of inflamed arteries?

Depends: Vasculitis or inflamed arteries can involve different organs. Each one will cause symptoms according to the organ involved like kidneys, lungs, brain. Etc. There is general symptoms like fever, malaise, fatigue and sometimes skin rash. ...Read more

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Is there any way to test or diagnose hardening of the arteries?

Is there any way to test or diagnose hardening of the arteries?

Yes IVUSorCarotidUS: Arterial disease typically begins in childhood, is within artery walls (not openings), thus angiograms ; especially stress tests do not detect. Best examine wall of arteries. The most effective is ivus: intravascular ultrasound. But this is complex, invasive ; expensive using catheters, guide wires ; blood contrast agents. Less effective alternative: high quality us from outside of larger arteries. ...Read more

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How can someone knows how old are his arteries, for example:if I am 37 years old, how do I detect how old my arteries age, any method I can follow?

How can someone knows how old are his arteries, for example:if I am 37 years old, how do I detect how old my arteries age, any method I can follow?

Arteries are ur age: Arterial duplex can assess segments of some arteries for arteriosclerotic plaque formation. Even if no plaque visualized, the artery may have early plaque or yellow streaks which is arteriosclerotic disease. If you image the carotids in the neck, you can still have carotid disease in the intrathoracic or the intracranial segments of the artery. So even if the neck portion isokyoucanstillhavestroke. ...Read more

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What does less than 50% stenosis in bilateral corotid arteries actually mean?

What does less than 50% stenosis in bilateral corotid arteries actually mean?

Carotid disease: Any blood vessel may have a "blockage" due to internal clots/plaque or external pressure. The blockage can be graded and thus roughly estimated to be 25, 50, 50-75, more than 75%. Occasionally 60% is used as a cut off. Those numbers help to compare but also help to determine if blockage is significant enough to cause harm. Less than 50% says it is not significant. Test can monitor changes. ...Read more

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How can I treat vertebro basilar artery insufficiency?

Meds, reduce risks: This is generally from narrowing/blockage of the arteries to the back of the brain. Symptoms of this can vary, but often include dizziness, difficulty using an arm, loss of sensation of face/arm/leg. It is treated with antiplatelet medications (eg. Aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) aggrenox), controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, cessation of tobacco use, and in some cases placing a stent. ...Read more

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How many arteries can be treated with a heart bypass?

How many arteries can be treated with a heart bypass?

Can vs. Should: Since coronary artery disease can affect all the major coronary arteries, the presence of significant blockage may occur in many vessels & branches. So the answer is dependent on the skill & courage of the operators, whether it be angioplasties & stents, or coronary artery bypass by arterial or venous grafts. Most patients get less than 6, but I've had colleagues that did up to 15 (in 1 patient). ...Read more

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Name for hardening of brian arteries? Treatment?

Name for hardening of brian arteries? Treatment?

Generally it is: Called atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis (depending on the size of the artery involved). It is usually caused by accumulation of cholesterol crystals and inflammatory cell and their products. The treatment is usually ant inflammatory medication and anti cholesterol medication. For detail understating talk to your doc. ...Read more

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What do docs prescribe to cure blocked arteries in the body?

Blocked arteries: We unfortunately do not cure blocked arteries at the present time. We do have diet, exercise, not smoking and various drugs and procedures to treat blocked arteries. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of the cholesterol that already clogs your arteries?

How can you get rid of the cholesterol that already clogs your arteries?

No easy way: Rarely do cholesterol plaques regress. There are a couple of studies showing that very high-dose statin use (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) can cause some regression of plaques, but it is incomplete and not clinically significant. Most of the time it is a matter of managing the plaques that are there to prevent them from progressing and to prevent new plaques from forming. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I could get renal artery occlusion?

Are there some genetic reasons I could get renal artery occlusion?

Yes: There are inherited disorders of clotting that can predispose you to arterial disease in the kidney and elsewhere. Additionally there are familial disorders of metabolism that cause accelerated atherosclerosis. A strong family history of premature arterial disease or heart attacks raises one's suspicions. These conditions can be mitigated through judicious use of medications. ...Read more

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How do I prevent hardening of the arteries?

How do I prevent hardening of the arteries?

Hello: Risk of arteriosclerosis is reduced when smoking is discontinued, blood pressure is normalized and cholesterol is reduced. If there is diabetes, control is important. There is also a role for exercise. Achieving ideal body weight is important as well. Residual risk resulting from heredity is of course not amenable to change. ...Read more

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Could use of the internal thoracic artery be avoided under certain conditions?

Could use of the internal thoracic artery be avoided under certain conditions?

Yes: While the use of the internal thoracic artery could be avoided - the longevity of graft survival from the use of this artery is superior to the longevity of reverse savenous vein grafts. Also, radial arteries and the gastroeploic arteries can be used in selective circumstances for cornary bypass grafts as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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