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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible To Have Blocked Arteries At The Age Of 23

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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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Is it have blocked arteries in your early 20's from having a bad diet?

Is it have blocked arteries in your early 20's from having a bad diet?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely that you do at such a young age. Still, that is not an excuse for having a bad diet. Eat healthy young lady! ...Read more

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Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Is having blocked arteries a serious condition?

Depends where: A blocked artery can cause the death of the organ supplied by that artery, or a portion thereof. If the main artery of your heart is blocked, this is of course a serious condition that few survive if the blockages complete. If it is a small artery to a small portion of an unimportant organ, you may not even notice. Disease in one vessel usually means there is also disease in other vessels. ...Read more

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What is a good method to clear blocked arteries?

What is a good method to clear blocked arteries?

Angioplasty or bypas: if the artery has any flow through it and you can get a wire through it angioplasty will help. If not you will need a bypass. ...Read more

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How do you know if you might have blocked arteries?

How do you know if you might have blocked arteries?

Depends : Different organs act differently when their blood supply is diminished. Pain is generally involved, but there can be painless loss of function. A better answer could be crafted if i knew what part of the body you were concerned about. ...Read more

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How successful are stents with "fully" blocked arteries?

How successful are stents with "fully" blocked arteries?

Depends on vessel: Blocked arteries in neck are too risky to open if completely blocked. Vessels in legs are routinely opened after complete occlusion. Ask you doc about your particular situation. ...Read more

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I don't want to develop blocked arteries. What steps can I take?

I don't want to develop blocked arteries. What steps can I take?

Several: Don't smoke, watch you cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar and maintain an active lifestyle. Use medicines when needed. But also know that there is no guarantee that nothing will happen and you can't avoid getting older or change genetics, but you will be able to shift the odds in your favor. ...Read more

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Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Are there certain things that make getting blocked arteries more likely?

Yes: There are controllable, and uncontrollable factors. The things that you can control are not smoking, watching cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and sugar levels. You cannot control your gender, age and genetics. ...Read more

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Are there any new medicines being researched that can clear blocked arteries?

Are there any new medicines being researched that can clear blocked arteries?

All the time: There is no drug immediately on the horizon (next 5 years) that you should expect to do this.. Even good drugs with clearly positive effects are being sued into irrelevance due to rare serious side effects (which almost all drugs have). Taking high-potency statins (crestor (rosuvastatin) or lipitor) has been shown to partially clear blocked arteries if the cholesterol is driven low enough. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called blocked arteries.?

Explain the condition called blocked arteries.?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries, it is secondary to fat, cholesterol, and other substances deposition on the walls of arteries which forms hard structures called plaque. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have blocked arteries?

Is it possible for a teenager to have blocked arteries?

Very rare: The vast majority of teenagers will not have blocked arteries. Rarely, heavy smokers develop buerger's disease, or thromboangiitis obliterans, a rare disease in which blood vessels swell and become blocked with blood clots. It usually affects men and women ages 20 to 40, but it is possible in teenagers! don't smoke! ...Read more

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Could echos sometimes detect artery malfunctions or blocked arteries?

Yes: By echo I am assuming you are talking about an ultrasound. If that is true, the ultrasound machine is more than capable of detecting occluded vessels (arteries or veins) by an experienced ultrasound technician. The ultrasound is a very valuable tool used by vascular surgeons to help diagnosis disease processes. ...Read more

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A friend of mine has 100% blocked arteries in her neck, is she going to be okay?

Probably so: The answer of can a person be ok with a blocked neck artery depends upon two things: which artery it is which is blocked and what is the status of the remaining 3 vessels? A blocked vertebral artery can likely be better tolerated than a blocked carotid artery. If a carotid artery is blocked and the remaining carotid artery exhibits significant blockage then there is greater danger. ...Read more

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What is the non-surgical cure for blocked arteries?

What is the non-surgical cure for blocked arteries?

No cure: Truly there is no cure but we can manage occlusive arterial disease to prevent progression like using anti platelet agents like aspirin, anti cholesterol meds like Lipitor (atorvastatin) , walking , stop smoking . Sometimes endovascular options including balloon angioplasty and stenting is option that is invasive but not like open bypass surgery. ...Read more

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Is there a way to check for blocked arteries in the penis?

Is there a way to check for blocked arteries in the penis?

Yes: Penile brachial index. Ask your local vascular lab if they do this. This compares the blood pressure getting to your penis to your arm pressure. A low penile brachial index reflects poor circulation. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more