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Vertebral Artery (Overview)

A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries , one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, they are very short.


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What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery?

What is the definition or description of: vertebral artery?

See below: A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries , one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, they are very short. ...Read more

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Vertebral Artery (Overview)

A vertebral artery is a small artery that comes of of the aorta (the biggest vessel in the body that takes oxygenated blood away form the heart to deliver to the rest of the body) to give blood to the vertebrae. There are two arteries , one right and one left until the aorta splits. Since the aorta runs right next to the vertebral column, they are very short.


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Why is my right vertebral artery smaller than the left? Could this cause problems?

Why is my right vertebral artery smaller than the left? Could this cause problems?

Normal: This is a very common finding. Vertebral arteries are typical referred to as right or left dominant. This reflects one artery larger than the other. Both of the vertebral arteries join to form a single artery called the basilar artery within the brainstem. Having one artery that is larger than another has little overall impact and is a normal finding on radiology or angiography studies. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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What is hypoplastic right vertebral artery?

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 is right vertebral artery is mildly hypoplastic?

What is right vertebral artery is mildly hypoplastic?

Congenital: You were born with it that way and it doesn't matter, so forget about it. Your left vertebral artery, left carotid and right carotid are handling the supply for you. ...Read more

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What's it like to have a stent in either carotid or vertebral artery?

Placed in both: I have experience in deploying stents in both carotid and vertebral arteries. Mostly these are treated with surgery but stenting is a viable option in select group of patients who are not candidates for surgery. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more