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What does hardening of the arteries signal?

What does hardening of the arteries signal?

Hardening of: It means that ones arteries have become stiff due to a process known as "atherosclerosis" happens over a period of time.It usually applies to coronary arteries.Which could mean a future heart attack. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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What does hardening of the lungs mean ?

What does hardening of the lungs mean
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Interstitial disease: Hardening is a vague term. Perhaps its referring to interstitial disease? Basically, imagine your lungs are like a soft squishy sponge. When there's a disease process that damages the lung, it becomes hard and stiff (like a dry sponge). ...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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How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

How does the build up of plaque in someone with atherosclerosis cause the hardening of the arteries?

Not the same things: Plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) in the arteries can make them less flexible, but the old term "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis) is usually attributed to a decrease in flexibility of the vessel wall even without any plaque present. It is more related to the collagen/structure of the vessel wall themselves. The utility of this term is waning as medicine advances. ...Read more

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What does intimal thickening of the carotid artery mean when thrre is no blockage?

What does intimal thickening of the carotid artery mean when thrre is no blockage?

Somewhat unclear: Blockages in the carotid artery of a certain severity may increase one's risk of stroke. For those carotid arteries without a blockage, some physicians measure the intima (the inner-most lining of the artery) and derive a value called the imt, or intimal-medial thickness. It's supposed to help us determine severity of atherosclerosis, but this is somewhat controversial. ...Read more

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What does the narrowing of the pancreas head mean?

What does the narrowing of the pancreas head mean?

Pancreas cat scan: Narrowing of pancreatic head on a cat scan has no significance your doctor who ordered the study can use the study results and use it to supplement clinical findings and arrive at a diagnosis very rarely should test results be used in isolation. ...Read more

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What does "transposition of the great arteries" mean?

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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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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What does it mean when "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery?"

Abnormality: The wording suggests that one if the blood vessels that supplies the posterior part of your brain is dilated. This could be from weakening of the walls of the vessel most likely from a congenital problem in the young and atherosclerosis in the elderly. ...Read more

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What does progonlation of the qi interval of the heart mean ?

What does progonlation of the qi interval of the heart mean ?

QT: I think you mean qt since there is no qi. This is a measurement (in milliseconds) obtained on ekg of the time it takes for the ventricles to electrically prepare for their next contraction. Sodium, potassium, and calcium ions move through channels during this period. Some drugs and some families have abnormalities of this movement which can lead to characteristic rhythm problems. ...Read more

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What is the function of ventricles and coronary arteries?

What is the function of ventricles and coronary arteries?

Heart pump and lube: Ventricles deliver blood to the lungs and rest of your body. Coronaries are the heart vessels that supply oxygen to the heart. ...Read more

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What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the
basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

Normal arteries: Since the blood is moving during an MRI, the inside of the blood vessels appears to be a "flow void". This is the language used to report normal-appearing blood vessels. ...Read more

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What ailment is usually associated with the hardening of the arteries?

What ailment is usually associated with the hardening of the arteries?

Cardiovascular disea: Coronary artery disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes are a consequence of hardening of the arteries. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cardiac enzymes in the blood mean? And does it relate to pleural thickening of the lungs?

What does abnormal cardiac enzymes in the blood mean? And does it relate to pleural thickening of the lungs?

Not related: Cardiac enzymes is the general term for chemicals that are inside heart muscle cells. If problems in the heart such as heart attack or other strain, they will be detectible in the blood. This would not be related to thickening of pleural lung tissue. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means in laymens terms when someone dies of "fibromuscular dysplasia of the small coronary artery"?

Please explain what it means in laymens terms when someone dies of "fibromuscular dysplasia of the small coronary artery"?

Rare disorder: There is blockage in the heart's arteries which is not due to garden variety "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis) but, instead it's due to scarring - the cause of which is not understood. If enough small arteries are involved, the result can be heart failure and/or rhythm disturbance resulting in death. My condolences for your loss. ...Read more