Blocked Blood Vessel

Blocked blood vessels occur from the build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) on the blood vessels' inner hollow. Such blocked blood vessels increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Some factors that increase the risk of the blood vessels getting blocked are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle.

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My father had three blocked coronary arteries, and percutaneous coronary intervention was unsuccessful. Can a CABG help?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to get a second opinion for my father. He was recently hospitalized for a myocardial infarction resulting from blocked three coronary arteries: the left anterior descending artery, circumflex artery, and right coronary artery. Due to complete stenosis, a percutaneous coronary in...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Bahcivan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I reviewed your father's history. However, since I could not watch your father's moving coronary angiography images, I cannot say whether coronary vessels will be grantable for CABG (coronary artery bypass surgery)....  Read Full »

My father-in-law's angiogram report shows that his LAD is 100 percent occluded. How should we proceed?

Query: Hi doctor, My father-in-law is 52 years old, and he is not feeling well for the last few months. The doctor recommended an angiogram. We just did an angiogram and got the results. Now we want to know if we should insert a stent or bypass it, or if it is curable with medicine. If surgery is needed, c...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Bahcivan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I wish your father a speedy recovery. I examined your patient's history and all tests in detail. Since I could not watch your father's moving coronary angiography images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I cannot say whether coronary ve...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms when you have blood clots in your body?

Query: Hello doctor,What are some of the symptoms when you have blood clots in your body?  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pain is the most important symptom of clogged vessels. As a physician, we see different cases of clogged vessels mostly due to atherosclerosis. Obstructed vessels of the heart cause chest pain, obstructed vessels of the legs cause leg pain, and so on. For more informatio...  Read Full »

Is bypass, angioplasty, or EECP better for my 51-year-old father?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 51 years old with normal weight (fit), yet he has diabetes and now a heart problem. Just got an angina attack. Doctors say bypass or angioplasty are the options since three of his heart valves are 70 to 80 % blocked. He is on a strict diet with no oil at all and only sala...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Science is based on evidence and experiment. As for as three-vessel disease and diabetes mellitus, the evidence favors CABG (bypass) if there are suitable targets (which means vessels can be attached as a bypass). There are many trials which support this decision. Anoth...  Read Full »

Why is one of my legs swollen to twice the size of other?

Query: Hi doctor,My left leg is swollen to twice the size of my right leg. I am 65 years old and weigh 72 kg. I am currently on painkillers as it hurts like hell. Could you please advise?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and can understand you are worried about your leg swelling. It can be due to one of the many reasons like: Compromised blood supply to the area. Blocked venous drainage. Blocked lymphatic drainage. Infection. Inflammation of the ...  Read Full »

What can cause sudden transient loss of vision?

Query: Hello doctor, Early this morning I lost vision in one of my eyes for about two minutes. My vision then came back gradually over a period of couple of minutes. I could not see any light at all. It was not painful and I have not experienced this before. I experienced an allergic reaction to a Progeste...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sudden painless transient loss of vision suspects that some vegetation got dislodged from your heart valve and blocked blood vessel supplying the eye leading to blindness and it got dislodged later with systolic heart beat leading to recovery of vision. It is better ...  Read Full »

I have been suggested with open-heart surgery or angioplasty to remove the block. Which is better?

Query: Hello doctor, Do we need to do open-heart surgery to remove the block? And I already know about angioplasty, and some people suggest open-heart surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query and description of your problem. This particular angiogram (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shows the left main disease. That is the feeder vessel to all the left-sided blood vessels of the heart. A few years back, the safest...  Read Full »

What factors affect pulse oximeter reading?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, we bought an oximeter. It shows readings well for four peoples in our house. But it struggles to show reading for my father. He has fluctuation in his heart rate varying from normal to low. His blood pressure reading is fine. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The oximeter works well when the flow rate in the periphery is good. In normal people, it records the pulse and their oxygen saturation will be good. But in some people, when the flow to the fingers and toes is not good, it will not work well. It is common in chroni...  Read Full »

What is the cause for loss of sensation in the lower parts of the body?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old female. Almost 15 to 20 days ago, I felt that my feet were cold as if they were frozen. I felt numbness in my left leg, and suddenly, I had double vision issues. I thought it was because of increase in my eye number, but I was wrong. I then went to an eye specialist, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query. I have seen all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your MRI report shows small lacunar infarct in the brain, which was responsible for your symptoms. A lacunar infarct arises from blockage of small arteries that supply th...  Read Full »

Is there any medical treatment to cure blocked blood vessels?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 80 years old. She felt uneasy in the night, and we immediately took her to the hospital. She was diagnosed with three vessels blocked two of them 90%, and the third one is 40% blockage. After angiography, the doctor advised for an operation. Due to her age, we would like to g...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Hassan Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unfortunately, no medical treatment can restore the blood flow in the blocked vessels. Your monther's condition requires a percutaneuos coronary stent. For further information consult an internal medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

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