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Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
35 years in practice
940K people helped
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Can you tell me how to unblock a blocked artery in your leg?

Dr. Craig Carter
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
35 years in practice
940K people helped
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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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19 years in practice
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
137M people helped

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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Board Certified
19 years in practice
832K people helped
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Dr. Jeffery Dormu
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
18 years in practice
41K people helped
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What should you do when you have a blocked artery?

Dr. Jeffery Dormu
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
18 years in practice
41K people helped
What should you do when you have a blocked artery?

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

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Dr. Marion Mcfarland
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
42 years in practice
298K people helped
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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?

Dr. Marion Mcfarland
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
42 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Board Certified
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Dr. Robert Chang
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
2M people helped
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I have a blocked artery in my right eye. Will I ever be able to regain my lost vision?

Dr. Robert Chang
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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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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Dr. Irv Loh
Board Certified, Cardiology
44 years in practice
714K people helped
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Is it more ikely to have a blocked artery without high blood pressure?

Dr. Irv Loh
Board Certified, Cardiology
44 years in practice
714K people helped
Is it more ikely to have a blocked artery without high blood pressure?

Less likely: Blocked arteries are more likely with high blood pressure as hypertension is significant risk factor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Light
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
31 years in practice
161K people helped
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What can cause a blocked artery?

Dr. Jerry Light
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
31 years in practice
161K people helped
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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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
30 years in practice
445K people helped
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Please help! what is the procedure for clearing a blocked artery?

Dr. Kevin Nolan
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
30 years in practice
445K people helped
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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Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
29 years in practice
469K people helped
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I was diagnosed with a blocked artery and feeling fine, do I need to get it fixed right away?

Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
29 years in practice
469K people helped
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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Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
33 years in practice
198K people helped
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Interested to know how does the problem of blocked artery come about?

Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
33 years in practice
198K people helped

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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