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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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 Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online...  Read Full »

Should my friend opt for heart surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My relative has got heart attack some days before. I have his reports. We need a second opinion about surgery whether he should go or not. His presenting complaint includes chest pain and high blood sugar. He is under diabetes medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kidney function tests of your relative are deranged (attachment removed to protect patient identity). His serum creatinine levels and potassium levels are high. What do you mean by surgery? Is that open heart surgery or stenting? However, the surgery c...  Read Full »

Does breathing difficulty at night indicate heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor, My father has breathing problem at night. I consulted the general physician. He took an ECG and said he has some heart problem and gave some prescription. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does he get any other symptoms like chest pain or heaviness or breathlessness on exertion? Is there any wheezing or whistle-like sounds during breathing? Please attach the whole ECG (electrocardiography) and prescription. Now here, only the last part of ECG tracing ...  Read Full »

What is the recovery rate in a patient with low ejection fraction?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 56 years old and is suffering from a low ejection fraction rate of 25%. Is there any way of recovery?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This depends on the cause. If the cause is ischemic, meaning it has occurred due to blockages and the heart muscle is already dead, then it is unlikely to improve or improve slightly. And if the heart muscle is not dead, then opening the blocked vessel will help in i...  Read Full »

The MRI of the brain shows a blood clot. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My aunt, who is 54 years old, is diabetic since the past 10 years, and she is under regular Insulin. 10 days back, she suddenly lost speech, and since then, she is not able to speak even a single word. I am attaching her CT scan and MRI scan reports along with the prescription. What i...  Read Full »


Dr. Arun Tungaria

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The problem is insufficient blood supply to the brain. It is a severe problem. The prescribed medicines are alright. Please consult a neurosurgeon so that he can examine her. She will recover fro...  Read Full »

A vein is blocked in heart and there is chest pain while walking far. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, A vein is blocked near the heart. The doctor told that he checked up today and there is a pain in the chest when he walks far. He is 45 years old, what should be done?  Read Full »


Dr. Ohams Ike Henry

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Blocked artery in the heart causes pain especially when one is engaged in activities like walking due to increased heart rate during activity which reduces blood supply to the heart muscles leading to ischemia and pain. This condition is called angina pectoris. It is a ...  Read Full »

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