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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Blocked Arteries

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Stroke: Obstructed blood vessels in brain can result in transient visual loss, numbness, weakness, dizziness, etc, but if the vessel is obstructed, a permanent problem can occur, and this is a stroke. If this is your problem symptom complex, see a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could  blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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Could echos sometimes detect artery malfunctions or blocked arteries?

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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What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

Cardiac Cath: Still today, the most reliable means of demonstrating "blocked" arteries is cardiac catheterization otherwise known as angiography. Ct scan angiography when done in good hands and experienced centers, is also a reliable test, and if negative, makes it very unlikely that the person has significant disease. ...Read more

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How can the coronary arteries become blocked?

How can the coronary arteries become blocked?

Atherosclerosis: A process that begins at birth. It can progress due to smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and in those with a family history. Know your risk factors and be proactive in treating them. ...Read more

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How could you unblock coronary arteries?

How could you unblock coronary arteries?

Depends: In the most serious cases of blocked arteries, intervention(s): stents, angioplasty, rotoblador or surgery is necessary for revascularization or blocked coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Very rarely,if ever.: Usual is amaurosis fugax, like a shade coming down over the vision of one eye only, but not both.An unusual variation is bright light amaurosis, brought on in one eye when in bright light, because the extra light puts more demand on the retina.The key in all vision changes with carotid disease is that it is monocular, a point missed by most practitioners.If a symptom affects both eyes, not carotid! ...Read more

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Can heart blockage or coronary artery disease occur at age 25?

Can heart blockage or coronary artery disease occur at age 25?

Yes but uncommon: Although uncommon, it is usually due to a congenital cause (conditions that one is born with). Classic atherosclerotic plaque is unlikely unless the patient has a severe form of family hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes, heavy smoker, Cocaine user, etc. Abnormal position of the coronary arteries is a rare but potential lethal cause of a heart attack. ...Read more

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Can an electrocardiogram detect blocked coronary arteries?

Can an electrocardiogram detect blocked coronary arteries?

Indirectly/Maybe: An electrocardiogram is a recording of a series of heartbeats in a moment in time. Depending on the severity of the blockage, the symptoms being experienced at the time, whether this was an ekg during exercise or stress or symptoms would all come into play as to the ability of the test to detect blockage. Not the best test but of use in the overall evaluation of cad. Get a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Can you describe calcified coronary artery disease?

Calcified CAD: Plaque in coronary arteries is in a real sense abnormal tissue. Calcium tends to accumulate in abnormal tissues in our bodies. This phenomenon is called dystrophic calcification. The amount of coronary artery calcium as detected by specialized ct scans can be used as a predictor of future cardiac events such as heart attack. ...Read more

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Can hypertension possibly cause clogged ears or blocked eustachian tubes?

Can hypertension possibly cause clogged ears or blocked eustachian tubes?

Unlikely: two common things and may occur together with one NOT causing the other! ...Read more

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Can you see the carotid and coronary arteries echocardiogram?

Can you see the carotid and coronary arteries echocardiogram?

Not really.: The carotids may sometimes be able to be seen with a transesophageal echo. The coronaries may occasionally be seen, but not to the point of being able to do any sort of diagnosis. ...Read more

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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