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What are some symptoms of renal artery disease?

What are some symptoms of renal artery disease?

Severe hypertension: Three major problems with renal artery stenosis: 1: severe difficult to control hypertension, 2: kidney failure (detected by a blood test) 3: severe heart failure, pulmonary edema, severe shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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How is renal artery disease typically diagnosed?

How is renal artery disease typically diagnosed?

Doppler or angiogram: Presents with hypertension and kidney failure. Non invasive testing can be ultrasond with doppler, ct with contrast. Invasive testing- angiogram. ...Read more

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Are the stents put in for renal artery disease temporary or permanent?

Are the stents put in for renal artery disease temporary or permanent?

Permanent: Arterial stents are meant to be permanent and are rarely ever removed. They can, however, develop restenosis or renarrowing that may require further intervention. ...Read more

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What are all the causes and symptoms of renal artery stenosis?

What are all the causes and symptoms of renal artery stenosis?

Aretherosclerosis: Of renal artery is most common cause, next is fibromuscular dyplasia. Other causes are uncommon & include neurofibromatosis with a fibroma causing stenosis, arteritis or a renal artery aneurism. Ras itself does not cause symptoms & found during or following work-uop for refractory hypertension. Uncontrolled hypertension can cause headaches & at worst acute heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of a renal artery occlusion?

What are the common symptoms of a renal artery occlusion?

No common symptoms: This problem is most commonly found, without symptoms, during testing for high blood pressure. The common causes are chronic occlusion from atherosclerosis or hyperplasia of the artery. Acute embolic occlusion may result in severe flank pain. This is uncommon. ...Read more

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Can renal artery blockage or dsisease cause mood swings?

Can renal artery blockage or dsisease cause mood swings?

Probably not: Renal artery disease can cause high blood pressure or kidney failure. These can in turn cause a variety of other problems, but there is no direct connection. ...Read more

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What is a normal diameter for the renal artery?

What is a normal diameter for the renal artery?

Variable: The exact diameter is not the issue since many people have small arteries with no problems. The problem usually is in the stenosis i.e. Constricted area. More than 60% stenosis (narrowing) is considered severe. However, severity by itself is not the only reason to do intervention (put a stent) since if the kidney function, bp, potassium are stable with no resistant edema observation only is chosen. ...Read more

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What is the exact function of the renal artery?

What is the exact function of the renal artery?

Blood to kidneys: The primary job of the renal arteries is to supply blood (oxygen, nutrients) to the kidneys from the heart. They branch directly from the aorta. ...Read more

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What exactly is renal artery occlusion?

Blockage / narrowing: Of renal artery caused by atherosclerotic plaque or in few instances by fibromuscular dysplasia which occurs mostly in younger women, or from a fibrous obstruction in people with nerofibromatosis. ...Read more

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Please explain what a renal artery doppler is?

Please explain what a renal artery doppler is?

Renal artery Doppler: Doppler ultrasound uses focused sound waves to measure the velocity of blood flowing through the renal artery. If the blood flows more rapidly through the artery it suggests that there is a narrowing in the artery. The focused sound waves can also be used to locate where the artery is narrowed. Because it is an indirect measure of narrowing, it is used as a screening test only. ...Read more

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What patients could require a renal artery ultrasound?

Uncontrolled htn: Ptsd with difficult to control hypertension, looking for renal artery stenosis, and pts with acute renal failure as part of their work up. ...Read more

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What is renal artery stenosis (ras)?

Narrowed artery (ies): Narrowing of one or both renal arteries that lead from the aorta to the kidneys is called renal artery stenosis. Causes are atherosclerosis or fibromuscular dysplasia (fmd). Fmd is a non-inflammatory, nonatherosclerotic process. Both atherosclerosis and fmd cause hypertension and can lead to kidney failure. Imaging should be done to establish the diagnosis. Kidney specialists usually treat this dx. ...Read more

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Can renal artery occlusion be cured?

Can be relieved: Renal artery occlusion, a chronic condition can usually be relieved rather than "cured". Cure usually suggests that problem has completely resolved. Complete occlusion of renal artery would mean non function of kidney and can not be cured. 25% of people have two renal arteries and second artery can maintain function in part of kidney. Optimal treatment is stent placement by x-ray interventionist. ...Read more

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What are the tests for renal artery occlusion?

What are the tests for renal artery occlusion?

Vascular studies: A renal artery doppler, mr angiography, IV contrast angiography, co2 angiography, ct angiography are helpful. Older tests include ace inhibitor challenges, searching for drug mediated creatinine rise. This is not much used. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for blocked renal arteries?

Treat renal stenosis: The treatment of a blocked kidney artery is controversial. The 3 ways would be medications, surgery, or arterial stents. There is evidence that all 3 work equally well, even in severe cases, although there are some cases where surgery or a stent may yield a better outcome. However, the risk of surgery or stents is not small, and therefore, a conservative approach with medicine is often best. ...Read more

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How do you typically diagnose renal artery occlusion?

How do you typically diagnose renal artery occlusion?

See below: The gold standard for detecting renal artery occlusion is a renal angiogram, which is injecting a iodinated dye into the blood vessel and taking images. The dye itself can cause some reversible renal injury, and should be used weighing the risk and benefit. Other rare but serious complication is cholesterol embolii syndrome. Other tests eg ultrasound and MRI may not be conclusive. ...Read more

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Could putting a stent in my renal arteries help my ed?

Could putting a stent in my renal arteries help my ed?

No: No but if you have blockages in your aorta or iliac arteries this can block blood flow to your perineum and cause ed. A ct angiogram or vascular study with a penile-brachial index can help evaluate this. ...Read more

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What is the actual prognosis for renal artery occlusion?

What is the actual prognosis for renal artery occlusion?

Atrophy: If the vessel is truly totally occluded the kidney will shrink or atrophy. As long as the other kidney is ok, you should be too. See a good nephrologist and endovascular suegeon. ...Read more

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