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What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

What would left anterior descending coronary artery blockage cause?

Left anterior descen: This has been called the "widow maker" artery that can cause angus, heart attack or myocardial infarction, or sudden death. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 happens if your posterior descending arterial branch of the right coronary artery diffuse proximal 60 to 80%?

What happens if your posterior descending arterial branch of the right coronary artery diffuse proximal 60 to 80%?

Depends: Many people walk around with significant blockages without knowledge or harm. If the person described has angina or evidence of ischemia on testing, a percutaneous intervention should be considered. Otherwise, forget it - but treat the underlying arteriosclerosis: statin, aspirin, Mediterranean Diet, exercise, ideal body weight, no smoking, good BP control. ...Read more

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What's mean mild coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending and the right coronary artery? It's something to worry? Heart attack?

What's mean mild coronary artery disease involving the left anterior descending and the right coronary artery?  It's something to worry? Heart attack?

MDs visual judgement: I would be quite wary of the assessment, likely based on a coronary angiogram. Get a copy of all the images, on a cdrom from hospital, &closely examine yourself. Do not settle for someone else's interpretation, its not their body/heart. Any narrowing (stenosis) means advanced atherosclerosis with previous plaque ruptures; clots which have fibrosed/not-cleared; narrowed the opening of the artery. ...Read more

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What symptoms can "anomalous right subclavian artery" cause?

What symptoms can "anomalous right subclavian artery" cause?

Usually none: 0.5-2% of people have an anomalous right subclavian artery. It is rarely symptomatic, but in some people can cause discomfort with swallowing. ...Read more

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MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM.Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea. ??

MRI =Mild" thickening of heart muscle not HOCM.Tortuous descending aorta. Aberrant right subclavian artery which courses posterior to the trachea. ??

Mild thickening's OK: See my comment to your previous post regarding the other findings (tortuous aorta, subclavian artery). The mild thickening of the heart muscle is common, and not necessarily from HCM. It could be the effects of long-standing hypertension. Keeping ur BP low with a -pril or a -sartan (Enalapril, Valsartan, etc.) could even reverse the thickening of the heart. Thanks 4 ur question on HealthTap, & GL! ...Read more

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1. Ct scan shows 30% stenosis in the proximal vessel, 30-50% stenosis in the mid-vessel in left anterior descending artery. What procedure is needed?

1.  Ct scan shows 30% stenosis in the proximal vessel, 30-50% stenosis in the mid-vessel in left anterior descending artery. What procedure is needed?

Depends.: Depends upon symptoms and any preceding tests you may have done. If you have no symptoms I am not sure you need anything other than aggressive risk reduction. Possibly could have a chemical stress test done. Should consult with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?

My cardiac MRI showed persistent left sided superior vena cava drains into a dilated coronary sinus w/ mild dilation of the main pulmonary artery?

Mostly a normal: Variant. Every fetus has one, but in most it involutes before birth. 0.3% of the general population has one. It is the most common variation of the thoracic venous system. Left svc draining into coronary sinus is expected 90% of the time. Discuss with your doctor the significance in your case of the mild dilation of the pulmonary artery. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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What is the significance of bilateral coronary artery fistulas?

What is the significance of bilateral coronary artery fistulas?

Variable significanc: It depends on how large the fistulas are. A small coronary fistula can be without major effect. However, I have seen large coronary fistulas that require surgical or catheter repair. I suppose "bilateral" means both left and right coronary arteries have connections to either a coronary vein / atrium or other venous structure. ...Read more

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Can a LCX para ostial occlusion be stented in addition to small diagonal branches ?

Can a LCX para ostial occlusion be stented in addition to small diagonal branches ?

LCX para ostial occlusion be stented: Yes, but depends very much on the skills of the cardiologist. The diagonal is not the issue as supplies blood to a relatively small muscle mass of the hear. On the other hand the CFX , which is occluded, has developed collateral circulation, therefore is a protected artery. Some cardiologists in cases the CFX is very close to the LM, would refer to a surgeon. Talk to the surgeon how Confident he feels about doing the procedure using stent vs surgery. I would prefer the later. The best have a second opinion. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have an anomalous origin to the right subclavian artery, arising from distal aortic arch?

What exactly does it mean to have an anomalous origin to the right subclavian artery, arising from distal aortic arch?

Anatomy: In the picture you see the aortic arch and the 3 vessels coming off. These are the innominate, left carotid and left subclavian. The proximal aorta is coming from your heart and the distal aorta is heading away to your body. Usually the right subclavian would come off the innominate. Yours, probably due to a developmental quirk, comes distal directly off the aorta. ...Read more

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Can surgeons fix an 80% narrowing of the left subclavian artery?

Can surgeons fix an 80% narrowing of the left subclavian artery?

Most likely: Either by anstent placement via wires and catheters, or open surgical bypass. ...Read more

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Basiler artery and left verebral artery occulsion, what is this?

Basilar artery: Basilar artery is formed by the confluence of the vertebral arteries. Vertebral arteries are branches off the subclavian arteries. They supply the posterior aspect of brain and flow into the circle of willis. Vertebral occlusions can occur due to atherosclerotic disease and dissection from trauma. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more