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Artery (Definition)

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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Please tell me, could hereditary retinal artery tortuosity be cured?

Please tell me, could hereditary retinal artery tortuosity be cured?

No. It is inherited: Hereditary conditions are by definition genetically inherited. However recent research into stem cell treatment of inherited conditions of the eye are beginnjng to be treated and studied

Retinal tortuosity can also be caused by carbon monoxide exposure. You would benefit from habing your car muffler checked by your mechanic for leaks and see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Is coronary artery disease inherited?

Sort of: Yes it runs in families so if your parents have it you are more likely to also. This is partly because risk factors such as diabetes are also inherited. It is very complicated however, much more so than hair or eye color for instance because there are so many factors to consider. ...Read more

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I have a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm found by X-ray for other problem is this hereditary that my adult children will have it?

I have a calisfied splenic artery aneurysm found by X-ray for other problem is this hereditary that my adult children will have it?

Not the calcificatio: The risk factors for splenic artery aneurysms are thought to be high "portal vein" pressures (from liver damage) & multiple pregnancies. Neither of these conditions per se is genetic, although many risk factors could have a familial basis (ie, high blood pressure & fertility). If this were hereditary, then your parents, grandparents, uncles/aunts, & siblings would have suffered. If so, then screen ...Read more

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Dad wants me to do a 24 hour test that monitors heart bc of a hereditary artery condition in his family but don't know what it's called, what could be?

Dad wants me to do a 24 hour test that monitors heart bc of a hereditary artery condition in his family but don't know what it's called, what could be?

A 24 hour monitor: (holter monitor) is unlikely to detect a heart artery condition but may be effective if this is a rhythm disorder he is concerned about. Most hereditary arrhythmia problems are evaluated this way but artery problems are not. Before you obtain an unnecessary test it might be best to check with a health care provider first and determine exactly what is necessary. ...Read more

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Is a splenic artery aneurysm hereditary? Should my married daughter be checked before getting pregnant?

Is a splenic artery aneurysm hereditary? Should my married daughter be checked before getting pregnant?

Check this link: Http://www. Mountsinai. Org/patient-care/service-areas/vascular-and-endovascular-services/what-we-treat/splenic-artery-aneurysm

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What causes hardening of the arteries?

What causes hardening of the arteries?

Several things: Hight blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, family history of early atherosclerosis, some hypercoagulable disease like homocystenemia, vasculitis ...Read more

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What does hardening of the arteries signal?

What does hardening of the arteries signal?

Hardening of: It means that ones arteries have become stiff due to a process known as "atherosclerosis" happens over a period of time. It usually applies to coronary arteries. Which could mean a future heart attack. ...Read more

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Is there any way to test or diagnose hardening of the arteries?

Is there any way to test or diagnose hardening of the arteries?

Yes IVUSorCarotidUS: Arterial disease typically begins in childhood, is within artery walls (not openings), thus angiograms ; especially stress tests do not detect. Best examine wall of arteries. The most effective is ivus: intravascular ultrasound. But this is complex, invasive ; expensive using catheters, guide wires ; blood contrast agents. Less effective alternative: high quality us from outside of larger arteries. ...Read more

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Can hardening of the arteries cause a person to behave different?

Can hardening of the arteries cause a person to behave different?

Yes for sure: Hardining of the arteries make the blood flow slower to certain area of the brian, which could lead to behaver changes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hardening of the arteries?

What is the definition or description of: Hardening of the arteries?

Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries = atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. Hardening and narrowing of the arteries is caused by cholesterol plaques. ...Read more

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What ailment is usually associated with the hardening of the arteries?

What ailment is usually associated with the hardening of the arteries?

Cardiovascular disea: Coronary artery disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes are a consequence of hardening of the arteries. ...Read more

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Hardening of the arteries and narrowing of the arteries are same thing?

Hardening of the arteries and narrowing of the arteries are same thing?

Yes - sort of: These are terms for atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. This disease causes the walls of blood vessels to thick and develop what we call plaques. Eventually it can lead to narrowing of the arteries. ...Read more

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Is arteriosclerosis hardening of the arteries?

Is arteriosclerosis hardening of the arteries?

Atherosclerosis: It is a progressive hardening of the arteries, caused by fat, cholesterol, and other substances building up in the arteries - this is called plaque - making the arteries stiffer. This plaque interferes with the normal function of the arteries and can cause problems and symptoms throughout the body. The plaque can block the arteries and/or it can break off and flow to smaller vessels and block them. ...Read more

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How do I prevent hardening of the arteries?

How do I prevent hardening of the arteries?

Hello: Risk of arteriosclerosis is reduced when smoking is discontinued, blood pressure is normalized and cholesterol is reduced. If there is diabetes, control is important. There is also a role for exercise. Achieving ideal body weight is important as well.
Residual risk resulting from heredity is of course not amenable to change. ...Read more

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How can tell you are suffering from old timers disease, senility, or hardening of the arteries?

How can tell you are suffering from old timers disease, senility, or hardening of the arteries?

They are different: The first symptoms of alzheimer's disease you may notice are increasing forgetfulness and mild confusion. Over time, the disease has a growing impact on your memory, your ability to speak and write coherently, and your judgment and problem solving. Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. ...Read more

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If you start eatint better will the hardening of the arteries caused by arteriosclerosis go away?

Yes and no: Dietary changes aimed at substantial reduction in cholesterol levels is required. Most people can achieve modes cholesterol reduction switching from red meat to fish. Most need medications.
Switching to a vegan diet can have a big effect on cholesterol.
I'm not sure there is evidence that this causes an actual change in the artery, but rate of heart attack and stroke is less. ...Read more

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How are hardening of the arteries & clogged arteries. Different?

Arteries: Hardening of arteries- means loss of elasticity of the arteries. Mostly it is due to arterial calfication or sclerosis or atherosclerosis.
Blocked arteries- it is blockage of arteries either from calfic deposits or cholesterol deposits or both. ...Read more

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What is hardening of the arteries? High cholesterol or bp? Which arteries?

What is hardening of the arteries? High cholesterol or bp? Which arteries?

Hello: Hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) refers to disease of the arteries leading to thickening of the artery wall and erosions of the inner lining of the arteries. Arteries are hoses that carry blood (source of fuel and oxygen) from the heart to various organs (brain, kidney, arm leg, liver). Disease leads to obstruction and reduced blood flow. ...Read more

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Is hardening of the arteries a major cause of dementia?

Is hardening of the arteries a major cause of dementia?

Yes...: If a person has vascular central nervous system disease, that is a risk factor and precursor for vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine for hardening of the arteries?

Is there an alternative medicine for hardening of the arteries?

There are multiple: There are many alternative choices of medicine for athero. The best and by far both the most effective and safe are the statins. Others including fibrates, Niaspan (niacin) and others. If you are asking if there are any supplements then no. There are lifestyle things you can do including stop smoking, exercise (40 minutes daily, but gtake your time getting to that point) and eat a mediteranian type diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is hardening of the arteries called arteriosclerosis?

Old term: 'arteriosclerosis' isn't used in mainstream medicine nowadays. It's a blanket term for atherosclerosis (our most serious disease), monckeberg's (basically a non-problem) and several situations in which smaller arteries have thickened walls. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's bad, if hardening of the arteries is found in a spinal xray?

Wondering if it's bad, if hardening of the arteries is found in a spinal xray?

Atherosclerosis: What the xr usually shows is calcification of the aorta or blood vessel which is same as atherosclerosis. What is happening in that vessel can be happening in other vessels including the heart and the brain. It is then we want to control you cholesterol, your smoking and taking precautions such as the use of aspirin, etc.. ...Read more