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Are varicose veins deadly?

Are varicose veins deadly?

No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Possibly : Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. ...Read more

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If plasma fibrinogen is less than 0.5g/L (50mg/dL) does that mean less chance of developing a deadly blood clot in a lung or other vein?

If plasma fibrinogen is less than 0.5g/L (50mg/dL) does that mean less chance of developing a deadly blood clot in a lung or other vein?

Why do you ask?: In coagulation, thing are never "everything else being equal." This value is about a third of the lower limit of the common reference range. Start figuring why. Was it diluted after fluid replacement after hemorrhage? Serious liver disease? Low from a genetic defect? A mutated fibrinogen may work but not be measured. Protection from blood clots is unlikely as this is driven by other factors. ...Read more

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Why is transposition of the great vessels so deadly?

Why is transposition of the great vessels so deadly?

Tga: there are 2 types , one D TGA needs immediate surgery in first days of life. Then you have good life expectancy, not necessarily if it is fixed in time. Other is L-TGA or corrected TGA and that one may not ever need surgery, however sometimes needs surgery and sometimes things may go worse since aorta is supported by a weaker ventricle-RV. ...Read more

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Please explain reasons why transposition of the great vessels is deadly?

Abnormal connections: In tga (transposition of the great arteries) the aorta arises from the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery arises from the left ventricle. In this arrangement, oxygenated blood cannot reach the body, so oxygen delivery to the body is severely impaired. While there are treatments that can stabilize the circulation for a few days, an operation to "switch" the arteries is required as a newborn. ...Read more

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Is ischemia deadly?

Is ischemia deadly?

Can be: Yes, ischemia can be deadly. Ischemia is caused by inadequate blood supply, and therefore inadequate oxygen supply to a part of the body. There is reversible - the tissue recovers when blood flow is restored - and irreversible ischemia - the latter resulting in tissue death. Ischemia can potentially occur anywhere in the body. If the ischemia is irreversible, the nearby tissue will die. ...Read more

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Is smallpox deadly?

Is smallpox deadly?

Yes: During its active years smallpox in general had a 30% case fatality rate, highest in children and older adults. Some subtypes with malignant or hemorrhagic smallpox approached a 100% fatality rate. ...Read more

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