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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 possible that a 'bruit' be detected in the neck arterey cause a stroke?

Is it possible that a 'bruit' be detected in the neck arterey cause a stroke?

Yes, can happen: If the bruit is secondary to carotid stenosis, there is a very high risk of stroke, and this needs to be addressed without delay. ...Read more

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Is it probable if one has had heart stents that the artery to the genitals may also be blocked. should a catheter to it be done so as reduce ED. ?

Is it probable if one has had heart stents that the artery to the genitals may also be blocked. should a catheter to it be done so as reduce ED. ?

Vascular disease is: often widely distributed so if you have coronary blockages you probably have diffuse atherosclerotic disease. This may contribute to ED but is not usually the cause. Remember that about 40% of all men over 40 have ED but only 15% of them have diffuse atherosclerotic disease. See a urologist for an evaluation of your ED. He/she will be able to determine if vascular issues are playing a role. ...Read more

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Is it true that an artery has to be at least 70% blocked, before angioplasty can be performed? Will a blocked artery cause loss of appetite?

Is it true that an artery has to be at least 70% blocked, before angioplasty can be performed? Will a blocked artery cause loss of appetite?

Depends: This judgement is made based on age and vascular bed involved and symptoms. Typically 70% diameter reduction translates into over 90% area reduction and intervention is likely to be helpful if there are symptoms. Blockage of bowel arteries can cause pain and hence loss of apetite due to fear of eating. ...Read more

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What can be done to fix the heart when it is in an abnormal rhythm?

What can be done to fix the heart when it is in an abnormal rhythm?

Depends on why: The type of abnormal rhythm determines the therapy. Some can be treated with medications. Others may need to be cardioverted ("shocked") back into rhythm. Some people need invasive procedures to locate the exact location of the rhythm problem and treat it this way. ...Read more

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Is it ever at all possible to feel a pulse when touching a vein? Or is this only specific to arteries? Is there an artery near the small saphenous?

Is it ever at all possible to feel a pulse when touching a vein? Or is this only specific to arteries? Is there an artery near the small saphenous?

Yes: Since most veins, which drain de-oxygenated blood from the tissues, run close to arteries, supplying oxygenated blood to the same areas, it is quite common to feel arterial pulse when pressing on a vein. Arteries close to small saphenous vein include posterior tibial on the lower part and poplitial in the upper part og leg. ...Read more

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Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Could something be done for someone with severely blocked arteries to the heart?

Yes: I don't know specifics but depending on severity a percutaneous vs open heart surgery approach to open up the arteries can be perform. Also if not that severe a medical approach with medication can be done too. All above when rightly perform, the results are excellent. Plenty of alternatives in medicine now a days for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Knot?: Knot is not a medical term so it's hard to advise you. Do you have stenosis (blockage)? Aneurysm (dilation)?, ectasia (dilation)? Tortuosity ("cork-screwing")? Whoever told you that your carotid is abnormal can probably best advise you of its significance. ...Read more

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Can there be anything that can be done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Can there be anything that can be done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Cerv Radiculopathy: Radiating pain into the arm/hand may be associated with numbness or weakness—radiculopathy. If due to a disc herniation, 80% likely to heal with time. No hurry if not worsening, but, should be seen if not getting better. Nonsurgical usually helps—mckenzie pt, nerve root injections, nsaid's. Surgery with disc fusion or replacement if all else fails. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have twitching of the veins or arteries?

Is it possible to have twitching of the veins or arteries?

No: Arteries and veins don't twitch. Muscles twitch, but not blood vessels, ...Read more

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Doctor suspects a avm or narrowing of vessels from mri. When I have an angiogram can they be wrong? The angiogram is for exploration.

Doctor suspects a avm or narrowing of vessels from mri. When I have an angiogram can they be wrong? The angiogram is for exploration.

Yes: An MRI is a screening tool that can detect an avm. The cerebral angiogram provides a more detailed view of the vessels in the brain. It is true that there are suspicious areas seen on the MRI which are not true avm vessels. Conversely, there may be areas that may not be interpreted as avm, but become apparent on the angiogram. ...Read more

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I have a chronic DVT in subclavian vein (completely occluded) and it might be caused by tos. Is it dangerous to go to physiotherapy?

I have a chronic DVT in subclavian vein (completely occluded) and it might be caused by tos. Is it dangerous to go to physiotherapy?

Need to fix problem.: If you have a documented DVT as a result of thoracic outlet obstruction, you should have this corrected first. Further exercise and use of the arm in the presence of a thoracic outlet problem will only cause further irritation. You should be evaluated by either a thoracic or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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My wife is to having an angiogram via the main artery in the neck. Is this a dangerous procedure?

My wife is to having an angiogram via the main artery in the neck. Is this a dangerous procedure?

Carotid angiograms: are general done via femoral artery or brachial artery. Direct access through the carotid (neck artery) is done as a part of stent placement in carotid artery. You need to discuss the risks of procedure relevant to what is gonna be done with physician doing it. Generally there is less than 1% risk of stroke, bleeding and risk of contrast damage to kidney which depends on underlying kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it is life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Is it possible that it is life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Knot?: Depends on what you mean by "knot." there are carotid "kinks" and "coils, " which are twists and turns in the carotid artery that are quite typical in older patients but can be found in just about anyone. These are not dangerous at all and you should not limit your physical activity. If by "knot" you mean "blockage, " that is a little more serious but does not prevent you from being active. ...Read more

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If you draw back in an artery is it easily to know it was an artery instead of a vein? Can the effects from doing so be settle to barely any?

If you draw back in an artery is it easily to know it was an artery instead of a vein? Can the effects from doing so be settle to barely any?

Bright vs dark: Arterial blood is bright red due to oxygen. Venous blood is dull dark red due to lack of oxygen. Could do an internet search for images showing the difference. ...Read more

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If in three arteries there is 40-50% blockage as per CT Scan so is there anything which is to be worried or it is curable by medicines?

If in three arteries there is 40-50% blockage as per CT Scan so is there anything which is to be worried or it is curable by medicines?

Depends: You should see a cardiologist who can evaluate the type of blockage and the extent. The cardiologist will then assign appropriate medicine or treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for an aorta that is embedded in an abodominal mass?

Can anything be done for an aorta that is embedded in an abodominal mass?

Depend: It depend on what kind of mass it is, typically it is very dangerous to separate aorta from the mass. ...Read more

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