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33 year old female with hypertension and received mra results that show mild to moderate vertebral artery stenosis. What does this mean usually?

33 year old female with hypertension and received mra results that show mild to moderate vertebral artery stenosis. What does this mean usually?

Need to be watched: Means you have early narrowing of blood vessels in your neck. Which can progress and cause further narrowing and increase risk of stroke. No surgery needed now, but you have to be on high doses if statins and an Aspirin a day. Repeat carotid doppler every 2 years. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes , should be well controlled. ...Read more

Vertebral Artery (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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I am a 33 yr fit female with hypertension, white matter changes on MRI and vertebral artery stenosis found in mra. Could I have a stroke soon?

I am a 33 yr fit female with hypertension, white matter changes on MRI and vertebral artery stenosis found in mra. Could I have a stroke soon?

Perhaps.: You are probably at higher risk than average for having a stroke. I would recommend taking an adult aspirin a day and modify your risk factors (blood pressure control, healthy diet, weight loss, smoking cessation, cholesterol control, etc.). Speak to your physician for more information. ...Read more

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33 yr old female with hypertension and vertigo, blurry vision and chronic pain. Mra of spine shows vertebral artery stenosis. Could this mean surgery?

33 yr old female with hypertension and vertigo, blurry vision and chronic pain. Mra of spine shows vertebral artery stenosis. Could this mean surgery?

It's theLast resort : The first step is to determine if any of your symptoms are related to the stenosis. The next question is the severity of the stenosis. If you have no weakness, cramping, claudication (symptoms with exercise). This may not be the cause of your problems. You should see a doctor with experience in this problem. ...Read more

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Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Not usually: A bad trauma can cause dissection of vertebral and carotid arteries at the same time but rare. Carotid bruit can indicate a stenosis which is usually atherosclerosis. Fibromuscular dysplasia can cause narrowing. Fmd is usually in women. Fmd can affect the vertebral arteries and the carotid arteries. Fmd can cause dissection in vertebral and carotid arteries. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more