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Can you tell me how to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Can you tell me how to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Depends: Arterial blockage caused by a clot can be treated with thrombolytics or surgery. Blockages caused by atherosclerosis can be treated by endovascular techniques or bypass surgery. The first step is medical therapy, which may relieve symptoms and make intervention a secondary option. ...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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Can you tell me how can someone with a huge fear of needles, surgery, doctors and hospitals clear a blocked artery?

Find meaning: Your physician can offer you medication for anxiety, and a short course of psychotherapy may help. But best of all -- think about the people who you love and who love you, and who would be affected by your death (and a blocked artery is life-and-death). Think of the meaningful things you'd miss. To be brave, act brave. I bet you'll find it is easier than you thought. You're brave just to ask. ...Read more

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If your doctor says you have a blocked artery and you are still having problems at times and just keeps you on drugs what do you recomend?

If your doctor says you have a blocked artery and you are still having problems at times and just keeps you on drugs what do you recomend?

Depends: If you are unhappy with the current care you could ask your doctor if something else would help or see another doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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I have a blocked artery in my right eye. Will I ever be able to regain my lost vision?

I have a blocked artery in my right eye. Will I ever be able to regain my lost vision?

Probably not: Unless is was a temporary blockage that quickly recovered (so the vision came back right away, i.e. Amaurosis). Sometimes neovascularization which can cause further vision loss can be treated. Otherwise systemic workup to prevent future blockages is prudent. ...Read more

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What can cause a blocked artery?

What can cause a blocked artery?

Smoking: The main cause of arterial blockages is the condition known as atherosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. The major preventable or modifiable risk factor is smoking. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the procedure for clearing a blocked artery?

Please help! what is the procedure for clearing a blocked artery?

Blocked artery: There are many tools that can be used depending on how long the blockage has been present. These include balloon angioplasty, cutting balloons, stents, stent-grafts, Atherectomy, clot busting medications, or surgery to bypass around the blockage if you can't go through it. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a blocked artery and feeling fine, do I need to get it fixed right away?

I was diagnosed with a blocked artery and feeling fine, do I need to get it fixed right away?

Depends: On your symptoms and location of artery. Seems like you are doing ok. You should consult with a vascular surgeon for peripheral arteries or a cardiologist if the artery is in your heart. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does the problem of blocked artery come about?

Atherosclerosis: Smoking, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and a family history of artery problems are associated with an increased risk of blockages. ...Read more

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