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What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

Left anterior descen: This has been called the "widow maker" artery that can cause angus, heart attack or myocardial infarction, or sudden death. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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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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Where is right subclavian artery?

Where is right subclavian artery?

Under collar bone: About 2/3 of the way from your breastbone to your shoulder. You can feel the pulse if you press hard. ...Read more

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Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Left neck vein bulges. Is that left heart failure?

Probably not: First, neck vein distension can be caused by many things, only one of which is heart failure. Second, if it were due to heart failure, it would likely be on both sides, and then would reflect problems on the right heart. But since the most common cause of right heart failure is left heart failure, neck vein distension is a sign of heart failure. But not likely in you. Talk to your own doctor. ...Read more

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Had a heart angiogram show blockage in my left main coronary artery.Ok.Why?

Had a heart angiogram show blockage in my left main coronary artery.Ok.Why?

Emergency: Blockage in the left main coronary artery is considered an emergency condition requiring urgent intervention by angioplasty or bypass surgery. This situation is associated with high mortality if left alone. ...Read more

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What's mean mild coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending and the right coronary artery? It's something to worry? Heart attack?

What's mean mild coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending and the right coronary artery?  It's something to worry? Heart attack?

MDs visual judgement: I would be quite wary of the assessment, likely based on a coronary angiogram. Get a copy of all the images, on a cdrom from hospital, &closely examine yourself. Do not settle for someone else's interpretation, its not their body/heart. Any narrowing (stenosis) means advanced atherosclerosis with previous plaque ruptures; clots which have fibrosed/not-cleared; narrowed the opening of the artery. ...Read more

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MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint. Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more

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Basiler artery and left verebral artery occulsion, what is this?

Basiler artery and left verebral artery occulsion, what is this?

Basilar artery: Basilar artery is formed by the confluence of the vertebral arteries. Vertebral arteries are branches off the subclavian arteries. They supply the posterior aspect of brain and flow into the circle of willis. Vertebral occlusions can occur due to atherosclerotic disease and dissection from trauma. ...Read more

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Strange buzzing/vibration feeling in left chest quadrant and abdomen. Relief by massaging under left jaw. Vagus nerve issue? Carotid artery blockage?

Strange buzzing/vibration feeling in left chest quadrant and abdomen. Relief by massaging under left jaw. Vagus nerve issue? Carotid artery blockage?

Vagus maybe: doubt carotid, his would lead to stroke,blurred vision, headaches, get ultrasound of carotids if concerned; get chest xray and or cat scan, espec. if smoke , this causes cancer so if you do , quit now;if in abdomen, could be gas or nervous twitch of muscles, if doesn't go away so do the above . ...Read more

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What is hypoplastic right vertebral artery?

Normal variant: Hypoplastic right vertebral artery implies that this artery is very small and its function is taken over by the left vertebral artery. This is a normal variant and does not cause any problems unless you develop significant blockage in the left vertebral artery such as happens with vertebral artery dissection. ...Read more

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What treatment for occluded left vertebral artery ?

What treatment for occluded left vertebral artery ?

See your doctor: The treatment options for occluded vertebral arteries are not as well defined as those for carotid artery stenosis. That said, there is a possibility of vertebral artery angioplasty, but your doctor will better be able to assess the risks and benefits after determining the degree of occlusion of the artery. ...Read more

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My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?

My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?

Mostly a normal: Variant. Every fetus has one, but in most it involutes before birth. 0.3% of the general population has one. It is the most common variation of the thoracic venous system. Left svc draining into coronary sinus is expected 90% of the time. Discuss with your doctor the significance in your case of the mild dilation of the pulmonary artery. ...Read more

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Right clavicle pain and septal ischemia connected?

Right clavicle pain and septal ischemia connected?

Not typically : Most subjective findings of angina relate to left-sided chest symptoms (more typical), though on rare cases right-sided chest symptoms might be present. The specific location of the symptoms cannot be correlated to the site of myocardial ischemia however. ...Read more

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What symptoms can "anomalous right subclavian artery" cause?

What symptoms can "anomalous right subclavian artery" cause?

Usually none: 0.5-2% of people have an anomalous right subclavian artery. It is rarely symptomatic, but in some people can cause discomfort with swallowing. ...Read more

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Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?

Vertrebrobasilar: Were you started on full anticoagulation (warfarin/coumadin)? If so the bleeding gums could be secondary to therapy. The vertebrobasilar arterial blockage cannot be repaired surgically.You might be experiencing: dizziness, loss of balance, and incoordination. ...Read more