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Inflamed Arteries In The Brain
Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more
Should I see a Neurologist/Internal/Cardiologist/or other M.D. if I have inflamed arteries with plaque?
Cardiologist: Start with a cardiologist if you are talking about arteriosclerosis. ...Read more
Could dissolving with effective supplementation "plaque" from inflamed arteries dislodge and cause stroke or heart attack pre-maturely? %?
No: Stating drugs have been shown to decrease plaque. Most OTC supplements have not been proven. If you have plaque cussing symptoms you should talk to your doctor about treatments. Don't take a chance. Dissolving plaque should not increase the risk of a stroke or vascular event. Make sure you don't risk your life/health on unproven claims. ...Read more
Risky business: This implies arteritis or vasculitis and several variations exist. Need to specify a diagnosis as prognosis does vary. But here's the point, the blood vessels can obstruct and decrease blood flow, which results in stroke. The weakened arteries may rupture causing a hemorrhage. Hopefully, your question does not relate to you or close ones, but if so, discuss with physicians. ...Read more
Yes: However, there are no complications from doing this. ...Read more
Can migraine cause tender and painful arteries too or only temporal arteritis? I'm 25 thought this was too young for TA?
Yes: Migraines can cause a wide array of neurologic symptoms from partial blindness to scalp tenderness (including temporal tenderness). Migraine induced scalp tenderness should be transient; TA tends to be persistent. If your temporal tenderness persists you need a referral to a neurologist for evaluation. Otherwise you're looking at one of a migraneurs' common symptoms. ...Read more
Re: vasculitis, temporal arteritis, gca - does artery inflammation change - worse at times, improve or change - if so what would cause changes (?)
Can temporal arteritis subside or is it severe and gets worse? Would the temporal artery not be pulsating?
Temporal artery color duplex to detect giant cell arteritis- how to find rheumatologist or facility that offers this biopsy alternative in ny or nj?
Ask: Ask your general physician for referral. Or ask the physician who has been treating you for a referral. If a self-diagnosis, please find a GP to start, and follow referral recommendations. ...Read more
Why would your temporal artery in the head, pulse, tremor thoughout the day if it isn't temporal arteritis?
Takayasu arteritis what r the test to no if I have this I'm getting thick tough temporal artery with pain around my ear?
Wrong vasculitis: Tenderness around the temporal artery is quite suggestive of temporal arteritis, a type of vasculitis that most surgeons call giant cell arteritis. If you truly are concerned i'd suggest seeing your pcp right away as untreated temporal arteritis can lead to blindness. Takayasu's ateritis affects the medium sized vessels of the body such as carotid and subclavian arteries. Temp artery is too small. ...Read more
Takayasu arteritis? Can I have this I'm 21 no health problems just that I get this temple artery that gets thick & tough with pain around my ear
No: Anything is possible but your description does not suggest this diagnosis. In addition, giant cell arteritis is incredibly rare in a 21 year old. ...Read more
My doctor said doing a sedate blood test was good enough to figure out if I had temporal arteritis I'm 21 & test was normal but thick artery & poundin?
Should be fine: Temporal arteritis is a problem of older folks, and usually sed rate is conclusive, but rarely only CRP level elevated, but these are elderly pts with immune issues. I personally would not recommend biopsy, and it is more likely that the pulsations are associated with migraine than giant cell arteritis. ...Read more
What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery? Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).
If other blood vessels take over post temporal arteritis biopsy, why don't these vessels take over before tab to aid the artery when it is inflammed?
In temporal arteritis lots of the blood vessels in the head and brain are inflammed. For biopsy, the temporal artery is picked because
1. Often affected
2. Easily accessed
3. Close by blood vessels can re-channel the blood to the areas supplied by the temporal artery.
However, there are many other blood vessles, particularly in the brain that carry blood to tissues where no other artery flows. ...Read more
Pulsing, bulging artery in forehead above right temple. Pinching pain sometimes. Advil (ibuprofen) lessens appearance greatly. Normal bp. Arteritis likely? Age 33
Giant cell arteritis / vasculitis / artery inflammation - could this cause gum bleeding, mouth sores and lesions on tongue as well as lesions on skin?
It depends.....: Without knowing your dental status (your periodontal [gum & bone] health, any untreated dental conditions), it would be very difficult to relate these symptoms to your arteritis/vasculitis condition. Gum bleeding is the first symptom of gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis), mouth and tongue sores/lesions can be due to a multitude of causes. See your dentist and your medical care provider. ...Read more
Wht are the symptoms of narrowing arteries in the brain, or tias? I have a angiogram coming up next month.
Mini-Strokes: Tia's or transient ischemic attacks are stoke-like symptoms which resolve within 24hrs. Temporary unilateral visual loss described as a curtain coming down (amaurosis fugax), temporary difficulty with speech, unilateral facial drooping, or weakness are common mini-stroke or TIA like symptoms. ...Read more
The larger vessels entering the crainum are often and well evaluated by mr angiography. As these vessel branch and travel to the brain matter they get progressively smaller. Some vascular problems can be seen even is some of these smaller arteries.
It cannot see microvascular disease. ...Read more
Yes: Cta is a good test to evaluate the vessels of the neck and brain. You can have blockages in the vessels inside your head. ...Read more
Endovascular: For endovascular trans-arterial approaches, we generally enter the common femoral artery, navigate the catheter through the aorta across the aortic arch, and then access the brain either via catheterizing the carotid arteries or vertebral arteries, depending upon the site of pathology. ...Read more
Consult: Please see a vascular surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
Anterior supplies the medial portions of the Frontal lobes & Superior medial Parietal lobes.
Middle supplies the anterior part of Temporal lobes & the Insular cortices, & many parts of lateral cerebral cortex. ...Read more
Get protected: You are at future risk for stroke, and the severity of the risk depends upon the extent of arterial narrowing. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor whether you should start an anti platelet drug, and/or a statin drug. ...Read more
Magnetic resonance: An MRI of the brain shows the blood vessels indirectly because the moving blood creates a "signal void". A magnetic resonance angiogram of the brain shows the arteries more directly. The vessels may be detected through the administration of contrast or may be detected due to the movement of blood within the vessels. This latter phenomenon is referred to as flow related enhancement. ...Read more
Clogged arteries: The symptoms depend on which brain blood vessels is clogged. Symptoms can range from speech difficulties, weakness of the arms or legs among other findings. ...Read more
Dolichoectasia of vertebrobasilar artery is a condition in which the vertebral/basilar artery is elongated, distended and tortuous. It is usually asymptomatic. It may present with compressive or ischemic symptoms.
You may visit this site for more info: https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3123011/
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Dilation of vessel: An infundibulum is a slight bulging or dilation of a vessel as it branches off of another vessel. There is some debate as to whether these are precursors to cerebral aneurysms, but most do not feel that they are, as there is no true neck or outpouching. The treatment is observation and possible follow-up mr angiograms or conventional angiograms to make certain they do not increase in size. ...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
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