Heart and Vessels

Thick Blood Vessel Wall – Causes of Thickened Artery, Vein

Thickening of a blood vessel may occur for a number of reasons. It is usually a result of changes within the vessel wall causing it to become thicker than normal. Alternatively it may arise from an enlargement of the vessel as a whole due to dilatation or birth defects. Thickening of the wall may affect only one part of an >> Read More ...

Narrowing Artery – Causes of Arterial Stenosis

What is arterial stenosis? Arteries transport oxygenated blood to different tissues and organs of the body. This is essential for metabolic activities and sustaining life functions. Any narrowing of an artery will hamper the flow of blood and depending on the extent of the narrowing, known as stenosis, the artery may be >> Read More ...

What is Atherosclerosis? Narrow Artery, Hard Arteries Disease

Atherosclerosis is  the disease that is a result of progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis arises as a result of plaques building up on the inner lining of the artery wall. These plaques are also known as atheromas or  atheromatous / atherosclerotic plaques. As the plaques grow larger, it >> Read More ...

Cardiac Chest Pain vs Non-Cardiac Chest Pain

The presence of chest pain, especially if it is severe, often raises the concern about cardiac conditions like a heart attack (myocardial infarction). However this is not the only cause of severe chest pain and a number of factors have to be taken into consideration in order to discern cardiac chest pain from non-cardiac >> Read More ...

What is a Thrombus? Thrombosis Causes in Artery and Vein

A thrombus is a blood clot that forms inside a blood vessel. It may be temporary and can be dissolved but there is the risk of it growing further and occluding a vessel. The process of thrombus development and growth is known as thrombosis and over time it can impair blood flow which in turn affects oxygen supply to a part >> Read More ...
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