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There are three chief arteries which supply blood to small and massive intestines. These are known as the mesenteric arteries. Narrowing or blocking the arteries lowers the amount of blood that travels to your digestive tract. When your intestines does not get enough oxygen-rich blood, it can lead to serious health issues, including cell death and irreversible harm. It may even be life-threatening. Northwestern Memorial Foundation is committed to helping one patient at a time through your support.

People of any age may develop mesenteric artery disease, but it is most common in adults over 60 years old. Mesenteric artery disease may happen alongside cardiovascular disease. The buildup of fatty deposits, called atherosclerosis, can lead to heart disease as well. This type of heart disease usually occurs in conjunction with changes in the aorta and the vessels that branch from the aorta. High cholesterol leads to the disease because it causes plaque to line your arteries.

Plaque buildup causes narrowing of these vessels and reduces the blood flow to your intestines and cause blood clots. A blood clot is a group of blood cells that stick together and blood clots can also raise your risk of stroke should they travel to the mind. Birth control pills and other drugs containing estrogen may increase the chances of developing blood clots. Cocaine and methamphetamine use may also result in mesenteric artery disease in certain individuals, and sometimes surgery can cause scar tissue that narrows the blood vessels.

Mesenteric artery disease has two different types: acute and chronic. The severe form of the disease appears unexpectedly. Acute disease appears as acute symptoms. The chronic type of mesenteric artery disease has a more gradual onset. For many people, blood clots cause acute symptoms of the disease. Atherosclerosis is typically the cause of chronic disease. Symptoms include: abdominal pain and tenderness, bloating or a sense of fullness, diarrhea, nausea and fever.

People who suffer might also have a sudden urge to have frequent bowel motions during an acute case. Many patients have a fear of eating as a result of the expectation of pain that can be associated with this disease, which can cause unintended weight loss. That is why research funded by Northwestern Memorial Foundation is so very important to those who suffer. Acute blockages in the intestines must get treatment promptly to prevent tissue death.

Normally, in the event of an acute attack, surgery removes blot clots, scar tissue, and regions of the intestines which have already died. Your physician may prescribe blood-thinning drugs to prevent future blood clots. Angioplasty is yet another treatment alternative for narrowed arteries. A mesh tube called a stent is inserted into the narrowed artery to hold it open. In cases of total congestion, occasionally the obstructed artery is bypassed altogether.

Surgery can cure chronic mesenteric artery disease if needed. Surgery is not always required if the intestinal disease progresses slowly. Lifestyle adjustments might help reverse osmosis naturally. Lifestyle changes may consist of adhering to a low-carb and low-sodium diet to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

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