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Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
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What does "Unspecified disorders of arteries and arterioles" mean?

Dr. John Munshower
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
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What does "Unspecified disorders of arteries and arterioles" mean?

Nonspecific: It is a non specific diagnosis of some disorder (not otherwise specified) of your arteries and/or arterioles. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Lee Marcus
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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What does it mean if a person has good elasticity of artery?

Dr. Lee Marcus
Board Certified, Cardiology
26 years in practice
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What does it mean if a person has good elasticity of artery?

It is a good sign: The better your arterial elasticity is, the healthier your artery lining and arteries in general are. Also, good elasticity is a sign that you are less likely to develop high blood pressure and heart disease down the road. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Timothy Wu
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
13 years in practice
360K people helped
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High velocity in femoral arteries, what does this mean?

Dr. Timothy Wu
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
13 years in practice
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High velocity in femoral arteries, what does this mean?

Narrowing: A high velocity in the femoral arteries is an ultrasound finding that suggests a possible narrowing in the artery. Whether or not this is significant depends on your symptoms and the blood pressure within your legs, often reported as the ankle-brachial index (abi). Discuss further with a board-certified vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Jean Robey
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
16 years in practice
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What does less than 50% stenosis in bilateral corotid arteries actually mean?

Dr. Jean Robey
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
16 years in practice
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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Aneurysm and narrowing off the arteries? What does this mean?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Is there a way to unblock plaque in your arteries? I mean using diet and exercise?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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Is there a way to unblock plaque in your arteries? I mean using diet and exercise?

Exercise: There is little evidence to show success with plaque regression by any means. ...Read more

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Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Arterial doppler shows anterior intraosseous artery is of low resistive pattern. What does low resistive pattern mean. Is this normal?

Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Arterial doppler shows anterior intraosseous artery is of low resistive pattern. What does low resistive pattern mean. Is this normal?

Perhaps a fistula: Arterial blood flow has both systolic and diastolic flow. In your case, the diastolic flow may be increased, perhaps due to a fistula or other connection that has formed over time or resulted from some trauma. The significance depends on the clinical history and findings - they may have little or no significance, but you should see a vascular surgeon if you are uncertain. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

Dr. Edward Hoffer
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What does it mean to have 25-50% blockage in an artery?

Risk: If an artery is 25-50% narrowed, you would generally not have any symptoms except under extreme exercise. However, the fact that it is partially blocked implies that you are at risk for progression - either gradual due the risk factors that cause the partial narrowing or suddenly when platelets stick to the area and cause complete blockage. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Board Certified, Psychiatry
23 years in practice
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What does angiogram report mean by there is a duplicate communicating artery seen in 3d?

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Board Certified, Psychiatry
23 years in practice
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What does angiogram report mean by there is a duplicate communicating artery seen in 3d?

Just that: I assume it is the anterior communicating (posterior duplications are very rare). This may represent just an incidental finding, a normal anatomic variation. Lots of people may have this and live a perfectly normal life without ever knowing it. Your neurologist or general dr will explain the implications, correlating it with your individual case and clinical presentation / symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. David Malpass
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
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What does "transposition of the great arteries" mean?

Dr. David Malpass
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
28 years in practice
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What does "transposition of the great arteries" mean?

TGA: Tga refers to a type of congenital heart disease in which the aorta is connected to the right ventricle (instead of the left ventricle) and the pulmonary artery is connected to the left ventricle (instead of the right ventricle). This heart defect usually requires surgical repair within the first several days to weeks of life. ...Read more

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