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What happens in the body with arteriosclerosis?

What happens in the body with arteriosclerosis?

Limits to blood flow: In arteriosclerosis, cholesterol builds up in the walls of the artery compromising the inside of the artery where blood flows. The end result can be limitations in blood flow to the brain, heart, intestines, kidney, and extremities. The symptoms are particular to the organ affected. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Arteriosclerosis (Definition)

It is the hardening of the arteries commonly associated with natural aging ...Read more


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What happens to the body of someone with anorexia?

What happens to the body of someone with anorexia?

Withers away: Due to severe calorie restriction the body uses its own body stores for energy. Over time you become thin and malnourished. A famous singer Karen Carpenter died from Anorexia. Help is available- get to see a doctor soon. It is something you can't help yourself out of. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What will happen in the body and the heart during a heart attack?

What will happen in the body and the heart during a heart attack?

Heart attack: read this: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-heart-attacks

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What is the aorta in the heart and how does it work with the rest of the circulatory system?

What is the aorta in the heart and how does it work with the rest of the circulatory system?

Main artery: The aorta is the main artery in the boday and is responsible for delivering blood to the rest of the body. ...Read more

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What happens in the body with congestive heart failure?

What happens in the body with congestive heart failure?

Fluid buildup: In a healthy patient, the heart and kidneys work together to maintain the appropriate amount of salt and water in the body. In the patient with congestive heart failure, this equilibrium is upset. Salt and water accumulate resulting in shortness of breath, swollen legs, and inability to exercise. This can be the result of problems with the kidney or the heart. ...Read more

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Does any one know what causes the coarctation of the aorta in people?

Does any one know what causes the coarctation of the aorta in people?

Abnormal embryology: By definition coarctation of the aorta is a abnormality of vascular embryology. At birth flow is adequate for the limited activity i the new born and early toddler years, but as children age, their growing bodies and activity out grows the narrowed aorta's ability to supply enough blood fast enough to keep up. ...Read more

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The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. What can you do to keep your heart healthy?

The heart is one of the most important organs in the body. What can you do to keep your heart healthy?

Heart health: The heart is part of your whole system. You need to take care of everything. This means mediterranean diet, daily exercise, not smoking. It means taking care of high blood pressure, diabetes and other problems that may be present. ...Read more

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What happens in the body of a cystic fibrosis patient?

What happens in the body of a cystic fibrosis patient?

Cystic Fibrosis: There is not enough space to answer this question thoroughly in this format. Check out the link below, it gives some good information on cystic fibrosis and the various systemic effects: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cystic_fibrosis ...Read more

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What in your body is the cause of erections?

What in your body is the cause of erections?

Here are some...: Getting good erection for procreation or pleasure requires all involved tissues, muscles, nerves being well-nourished, healthy, & working coherently in a seamless fashion like those for any parts or organs of the body do. Specifically, the genital organs can regulate blood inflow & outflow of the penis at right time in right way so to maintain penile rigidity for intercourse. More? Ask doc. ...Read more

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What is the function of lactic acid in the body? If depleted what happens?

What is the function of  lactic acid in the body? If depleted what happens?

Probably Nothing: Lactic acid is the byproduct of your cells when they metabolize sugars without oxygen. This is what happens when you go for a long run... Lactic acid accumulates in your tired muscles and causes a burning sensation. If depleted, probably not much happens... Lactic acid can accumulate for lots of other reasons too, but generally related to a lack of oxygen. ...Read more

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What happens to the brain with an accumulation of vlcfa's?

What happens to the brain with an accumulation of vlcfa's?

Leucodystrophy: Vlcfa stands for very long chain fatty acids. This is the finding in patients with a certain form of leucodystrophy. They may have disorder of adrenal function as well. Usually male and usually progressive. Special labs are available to measure these levels. There are treatments available for some forms. You need to discuss these issues with your doctors. ...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 happens in atherosclerosis?

What happens in atherosclerosis?

Progression, Closure: White blood cells, mostly macrophages, invade the walls of the arteries to remove low density lipoprotein (fat carrying protein) particles. Macrophages die if overwhelmed with LDL & cannot export their ingested fat into high density lipoprotein particles. The artery wall thickens & enlarges; no symptoms decades. Plaque rupture induces sudden clots, debris downstream, sudden narrowing & closure. ...Read more

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How does blood get to your legs in case of coarctation of the aorta?

Bypass channels: The fetus/baby developed & is more or less normal in appearance at birth.That would only occur with the bodies ability to bypass the narrowing of a coarctation by channeling needed blood flow though other blood vessels(collaterals). A kid may go for a few years before the coarctation is discovered. ...Read more

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What does arteriosclerosis do in the body?

What does arteriosclerosis do in the body?

Deposits cholesterol: Atherosclerosis occurs when cholesterol deposits called plaque form in the wall of your arteries. If the plaque gets big enough it can block flow of blood causing injury to the tissue that was supplied by the artery. That is how heart attacks, strokes, leg ulcers, etc occur. ...Read more

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What does hypertension attack in the body?

What does hypertension attack in the body?

Heart, brain, +more: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, causes damage to many organs in the body. It can damage the heart by causing a heart attack or heart failure. It can also attack the brain by causing stroke. It can damage the kidneys, leading to renal failure. Finally, it can damage the eyes and cause blindness. For this reason, anyone with hypertension should visit a doctor so it can be properly treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptom in the body when excess protein is stored in the body?

What are the symptom in the body when excess protein is stored in the body?

Can't store protein: Unlike carbohydrates and fat, there is no storage form in the body for proteins. Proteins are either incorporated into tissues or they are eliminated. However there are conditions in the body such as amyloidosis which involve abnormal deposition of misfolded proteins; these can cause a variety of problems including heart failure and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What happens to the formaldehyde in vaccines when its injected into your body? What does the body do with it?

Formaldehyde/vaccine: First, not all vaccines contain formaldehyde. The ones that do have very tiny amounts that the body is able to metabolize. Possibly to your surprise, formaldehyde is essential in human metabolism an is required for the synthesis of DNA ad some amino acids. Thus, all humans have detectable quantities of natural formaldehyde in their circulation. Remainder excreted by body as waste product. ...Read more