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How To Tell If You Have A Blocked Artery
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
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
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
Blocked Artery: You should see a Vascular Surgeon immediately. They can determine the extent of the blockage and help to restore bloodflow to the area in question. ...Read more
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
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
Difficult: Aggressive control of risk factors can stabilize and possibly reverse disease, but less invasive procedural interventions, like angioplasty and stenting, may be required. ...Read more
Yes: Aggressive control of risk factors can stabilize and possibly reverse disease, but less invasive procedural interventions, like angioplasty and stenting, may be required. ...Read more
My wife is diabetic and has three blocked artery, so what better medicine and food for her? Because now, she does not take any medicine. I want your own answer in my question, thank you!
Diet 4 blocked arter: My wife is diabetic and has three blocked artery, so what better medicine and food for her? The best proven diet is the Ornish plan. Go to ornish. Com. This will likley improve both diabetes and blockage. Effect on blood cholesterol etc will be seen in weeks. You should do it as well so she does not have to take care of you later. Keep us posted. ...Read more
Its not minor: A carotid endarterectomy is a major operation but is usually well tolerated. In the hands of a well trained vascular surgeon the risks can be minimalized. Nationally the rate of stroke around the time of the surgery is less then 3% for vascular surgeons. Heart issues is one of the most common complications but is usually treatable. Death is rare less then 1% but can occur. ...Read more
Prayer: Prayer. (medications don't work, but sometimes things get better on their own). ...Read more
Possibly somewhat: In animal studies severe cholesterol lowering has cleared blockages. Some human studies have suggested this effect with high doses of cholesterol medications. Regardless of whether an intervention to open an artery is performed, "statin" medication is almost always appropriate for atherosclerosis, and, many experts believe, treatment should be more aggressive than currently recommended. ...Read more
Blocked where?: Vascular disease per se causes ischemia, low-flow to whatever its perfusing. If you have hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes and smoke, these all collude together to occlude arteries, everywhere--it's only a matter of degrees. Yet global fatigue per se is not diagnostic of vascular disease. Clinical depression causes fatigue and burn-out without effecting the vascular tree. ...Read more
Skin splitting: Blocked arteries do not cause the skin to split. This usually occurs when one has eczema, which is not a problem of the circulation. If an artery supplying the skin does get completely blocked, it can cause the area of the skin supplied by that artery to die and to slough off. ...Read more
Sex drive is fragile: Most things can affect sex drive - positively and negatively. Health issues of all sorts are quite likely to. Part may be related to the physical impact of the malfunctioning and part to the emotional and psychological impact. Patience and trust and finding serenity regarding the medical issues can help with some of it. Symptom relief of the medical issue will too. Happy holidays! ...Read more
Yes.: Narrowing or blockage of renal arteries causes the kidney involved to secrete the enzyme renin which activates the renin- angiotensin- aldosterone system (involved with fluid and blood pressure control). There are medications to treat the hypertension. If the high blood pressure cannot be controlled a renal artery stent may be required. Work with your primary care doctor and a nephrologist. ...Read more
Artery: Depends on location & extent of blockabe. ...Read more
High Blood Pressure: Blocked arteries are most often caused by high blood pressure. High blood pressure means that the force exerted against your arteries is too high. This causes damage to the arteries. Damaged arteries accumulate circulating materials such as cholesterol, platelets, fats and plaque builds up. It also cause s hardening of the arteries. ...Read more