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What Does Hardening Of The Arteries Mean
Carotid disease: Any blood vessel may have a "blockage" due to internal clots/plaque or external pressure. The blockage can be graded and thus roughly estimated to be 25, 50, 50-75, more than 75%. Occasionally 60% is used as a cut off. Those numbers help to compare but also help to determine if blockage is significant enough to cause harm. Less than 50% says it is not significant. Test can monitor changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Combination: Aneurysm is an enlarged blood vessel. Frequently there are intraluminal thrombus that fills the lumen to about the normal vessel size. Narrowing of the associated vessels( iliac for example below aorta) may have atherosclerotic plaque and narrowing as a part of the total disease process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a persons cholesterol level is 330 which is very high, does it mean that the arteries are clogging up?
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Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external( face) and internal(brain) components. It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke. Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99% there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Plaque: Usuly means build.up of cholesterol in the arteries . While this is not good not every blocked artrry needs to be opened since the body can sometimes compensate . Generally.medical treatment os recommended unless the blockage is critical (left main coronary) or you are having chest pain that cant be controlled Key is.this.is.a warning and you need to rwduce your risk diet exercise no smoking ...Read more
Usually can stent. : Sometimes all you can do is balloon only if vessel too small. ...Read more
Larger than normal: The aorta is the largest blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to elsewhere. Enlargement of vessel means a dilation (ballooning out as pictured here) to larger than it should be. It right next to the heart--aortic root, it can cause the valve to leak, and if severe it can cause much problem. Enlargement further down may burst, that causes serious problem too. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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