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Is It Possible To Have Blocked Arteries At The Age Of 23
Blocked arteries: Very unlikely at age 23Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of blocked arteries. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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