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What does less than 50% stenosis in bilateral corotid arteries actually mean?

What does less than 50% stenosis in bilateral corotid arteries actually 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 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


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Aneurysm and narrowing off the arteries? What does this mean?

Aneurysm and narrowing off the arteries? What does this mean?

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 more

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If a persons cholesterol level is 330 which is very high, does it mean that the arteries are clogging up?

If a persons cholesterol level is 330 which is very high, does it mean that the arteries are clogging up?

That's really high!!: A total cholesterol of 330 is really high In the long term, this can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. This needs to be lowered. ...Read more

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

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 more

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My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What does that mean exactly?

My friend has blocked coronary arteries. What does that mean exactly?

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

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What does it mean if an accessory renal artery can't be stented?

What does it mean if an accessory renal artery can't be stented?

Usually can stent. : Sometimes all you can do is balloon only if vessel too small. ...Read more

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What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

What. Does an enlarged artery by heart mean?

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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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure i recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Does having blocked arteries mean you have high cholesterol?

Does having blocked arteries mean you have high cholesterol?

May be: Cholesterol; is one part others are htn/ dm/family history smoking including 2nd hand and third hand smoking. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going! If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes. ...Read more

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