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Vasospasm (Overview)

This refers to a spasm or contraction of a blood vessel. Cerebral vasospams can lead to diruption of oxygen to the brain (ischemia), stroke and even death. Depending on the length and severity of vasospasm and oxygen deprivation secondary damage to regions served by the blood vessel can occur.


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What exactly is a vasospasm?

What exactly is a vasospasm?

Vessel Spasm: Vaso=vessel; spasm=sudden contraction. Vasospasm is a term used by cardiologists to describe a rare phenomenon where an artery suddenly spasms, or contracts, causing decreased blood flow to the organ/muscle it is supplying. In the heart, this can cause chest pain and in the worst cases, a heart attack. The causes of it are complex. ...Read more

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Vasospasm (Overview)

This refers to a spasm or contraction of a blood vessel. Cerebral vasospams can lead to diruption of oxygen to the brain (ischemia), stroke and even death. Depending on the length and severity of vasospasm and oxygen deprivation secondary damage to regions served by the blood vessel can occur.


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What is vasospasm?? Are there symptoms?

Spasm of blood vesse: Vasospasm refers to a spams of a blood vessel (usually an artery) that causes disordered or interrupted blood flow. Sx could include throbbing pain, clotting, change in the color of skin (red, blue, white) and, if severe, loss of function of an organ (e.g., vasospasm of a cerebral artery leads to stroke). Hope you don't have this, but TTYD about your Sx. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1128689 ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vasospasm?

Contraction vessel: This refers to a spasm or contraction of a blood vessel. Cerebral vasospams can lead to diruption of oxygen to the brain (ischemia), stroke and even death. Depending on the length and severity of vasospasm and oxygen deprivation secondary damage to regions served by the blood vessel can occur. ...Read more

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Are strokes or tias caused by vasospasms?

Are strokes or tias caused by vasospasms?

Rare but possible: Vasospasm in the brain occurs when blood and its breakdown products are present in the spinal fluid around blood vessels. The most common reason is rupture of brain aneurysm, but there are other conditions. Vasospasm causes the larger vessels (arteries, arterioles) to clamp down or contrict, thus reducing blood flow. This can cause strokes or tias. ...Read more

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What is a coronary vasospasm?

What is a coronary vasospasm?

Coronary Vasospasm..: Coronary artery vasospasm is smooth muscle constriction of the coronary artery. This can mimic coronary artery obstruction by plaque. Cocaine use can cause vasospasm. ...Read more

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Have you ever seen an acute stimulant overdose causing long-term vasospasm? Ive read about chronic use causing but not acute overdose. Any thoughts?

Have you ever seen an acute stimulant overdose causing long-term vasospasm? Ive read about chronic use causing but not acute overdose. Any thoughts?

Possible: All bodies are different. Although the use was acute perhaps the person has an underlying condition which has been provoked by the stimulant use. ...Read more

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Are there any medication, exept cocain that can induse coronary vasospasm?

Are there any medication, exept cocain that can induse coronary vasospasm?

Stimulants: Any drugs or medications that act as stimulants can induce vasoconstriction. Methamphetamine (illegal) or any of the prescription stimulants like ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause vasoconstriction. Doctors must be very careful not to use these medications in people at risk for coronary disease. ...Read more

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Risk for fetal injury related to reduced placental perfusion from vasospasm?

Risk for fetal injury related to reduced placental perfusion from vasospasm?

Could be: Anytime there is decreased blood flow to the placenta, the fetus will be under some stress, depending on the amount of decreased oxegen and nutrient delivery. ...Read more

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After clean MRI neurologist said I am having subangiograhic cerebral vasospasms.Hx of tia's. Can these increase risk for more tia's, treaments options?

After clean MRI neurologist said I am having subangiograhic cerebral vasospasms.Hx of tia's. Can these increase risk for more tia's, treaments options?

TIAs: There is increased risk for stroke in patients who have had a tia. Given your history of atrial fib & diabetes, there may be consideration to adjust your level of anticoagulation or add an anti-platelet med. If you smoke you should stop immediately. Any sort of Cocaine use would also be a really bad idea! ...Read more