A celiac artery/axis is a short, thick trunk which arises from the front of the aorta that divides into the left gastric artery, the hepatic artery, and the splenic artery.
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What is a celiac artery?
John A. Chabot, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
What does the term valve gradient mean?
If your doctor is talking about the health of your heart, the valve’s gradient describes the severity of the narrowing of the heart valve. It helps your healthcare team measure the amount of blood that is able to pass through the valve. It also indicates whether the “velocity” (or speed and force) of the blood flow is increased because of the pressure behind the narrowed heart valve. A leaking or regurgitating valve can also affect the pressure in both the receiving chamber and also the nearby pumping chamber as well as the nearby circulatory organs.
What causes nicks in my arteries, and how can I prevent them?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredThe smooth lining inside an artery maintains its integrity with delicate cells that can be injured by subtle abnormalities such as too much sugar or pressure in the bloodstream, or by toxic products like nicotine or homocysteine. When these cells are injured, they pull away from each other and form a gap. The resulting "nick" has to be closed quickly (with a cholesterol patch) to protect the blood-vessel lining.
Nicks are caused by a number of factors that you can control: high blood pressure; high blood levels of compounds such as homocysteine; smoking; chronic inflammation from things as diverse as gum (periodontal) disease or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); stress and anger; and (as mentioned above) having a blood-sugar level that's too high.
Most of these you can control, even if your mom and every uncle in your family had them:
- High blood pressure can be reduced to normal with physical activity or diet-or pills, if need be.
- Homocysteine can be genetic, or it can occur from too much protein or too little folic acid (folate, a vitamin) in your diet.
- You can prevent gum disease with floss.
- You can prevent STDs with condoms.
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