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How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

How much artery blockage causes pvd pain?

Everyone's different: The pain of pad is from tissue (muscles, skin, nerves, etc) not getting enough blood. An elite athlete might have symptoms from a single 50% plaque. A sedentary person might not notice a complete blockage or multiple partial blockages. Rest pain is usually from severe plaques at multiple levels. In general, the body compensates for artery plaques for a long time before pain occurs. ...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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How much blockage to arteries is needed to cause pvd pain?

How much blockage to arteries is needed to cause pvd pain?

90%: Is the usual amount of blockage that produces "claudication." it varies quite a bit, though; some people don't notice anything until they have 100% blockage, others start to notice problems at 50%. The more you ask of your legs, the earlier you'll notice it. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

They are the same: We prefer to use the term pad now but when people use the older term, pvd, they mean the same thing. ...Read more

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My mom has severe COPD,coronary artery disease peripheral vascular disease. She has a deep/dark bluish purple bruise across her entire stomach. Burns?

My mom has severe COPD,coronary artery disease peripheral vascular disease. She has a deep/dark bluish purple  bruise across her entire stomach. Burns?

See someone: Ruby, your mom is at risk for a lot of things and already has significant diseases. If she is on any kind of blood thinner, this could be just a bruise but bruises don't normally "burn". So she should really talk to, and ideally see her doctor and soon. ...Read more

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Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

Could it happen that a fall causes a plaque build up in an artery to break off and cause a complete blockage?

No: A mechanical fall does not cause arterial plaque to rupture and cause an embolism. However, if someone experienced an embolism to the brain, lung, or leg it could cause a sudden loss of strength and that could cause a fall. ...Read more

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Does blockage in arteries of retina cause vision loss?

Does blockage in arteries of retina cause vision loss?

See a retina special: Yes. Lack of blood flow due to a retinal artery occlusion can cause severe loss of vision from damage to the retina. A central retinal artery occlusion is worse than a branch retinal artery occlusion. There are no good treatments, but a systemic workup looking for an embolic source is required (carotid ultrasound, echocardiogram). A rarer cause is giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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What could cause an otherwise healthy 27 year old male to have 100% blockage in the LAD artery?

What could cause an otherwise healthy 27 year old male to have 100% blockage in the LAD artery?

Hereditary disease: Without more information, it's difficult to answer the question, but there are hereditary diseases where the blood lipid is elevated high enough to cause early athersclerosis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of coronary artery blockage?

What are the causes of coronary artery blockage?

Several: There are a number of risk factors that lead to plaque in the coronary arteries which is the reason for the blockage. Some of these are smoking, high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, an abnormally high cholesterol, lack of exercise, and obesity. There are also hereditary factors. ...Read more

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Smoking is making me have attacks. I think i might have a blockage in vertebrobasilar artery secction. Ischemia caused by vasoconstriction.. Tia?

Smoking is making me have attacks. I think i might have a blockage in vertebrobasilar artery secction. Ischemia caused by vasoconstriction.. Tia?

Need more info: In order to give you an informed answer, any physician would need more information on what you mean by attacks that are triggered by smoking. ...Read more

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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Definition)

Pvd is a catch-all term that may indicate venous or arterial dz. Usually docs use this term to indicate blockages(plaque buildup) in the arteries. However, some docs refer to swelling and discoloration ...Read more