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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Angioplasty is the non invasive treatment but still this is a procedure that requires intervention. There is no reliable non interventional means to open an artery when it is blocked. The best advice is to decrease the level if risk factors if you have any. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prayer: Prayer. (medications don't work, but sometimes things get better on their own). ...Read more
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