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I just had a stent placed in my superior mesenteric

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Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Question: I just had a stent placed in my superior mesenteric artery which was 90% blocked. I was diagnosed with mesenteric ischemic colitis. I am meeting with my Vascular Surgeon late next week. How long would it take the superior mesenteric artery to become 90% blocked?
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The blockage of the superior mesenteric artery depend on many factors.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I understand your concern.

The blockage of 90 % of the superior mesenteric artery is a very significant blockage.

The timing of the blockage of the stent depends on many factors.

High cholesterol is one of the most important factors which contribute in the blockage.

Blood clots can also be the cause of the blockage.

There are a variety of ways to treat this including a bypass procedure or sometimes with a new intravascular stent.

The procedure is not always an emergency.

I would recommend to consult a vascular surgery about the best way of treatment in your case.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (2 hours later)
Dr. Gurabardhi,

Thank you for your prompt response. The stent was only inserted last Monday. I was airlifted to a Trauma Center in Pensacola Florida. Three years ago I had a stent inserted in my left anterior descending artery.

The plaque buildup in my superior mescenteric artery took place prior to the stent. Retrospectively, I now realize I ignored the symptoms for years assuming they were part of the aging process. I am amazed after only a week how much better I feel. It is amazing what medical science is capable of today!

My question is how long (years?) this 90% blockage may have been building?

Regards, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
The number of years depends on many factors, it can not be specified.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again dear.

Thank you for the details on your answer.

The blockage of the artery may need several years to build up.

I can not give you a specific answer regarding the number of the years because it depends on many factors.

The level of cholesterol in the blood during these years is one of the main factors.

Reducing cholesterol and other risk factors can slow down cholesterol plaques from buildup.

Blood pressure during these years have also influenced in the formation of the plaques.

Hope I helped you dear.

Take care,

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
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Brief Answer: The blockage of the superior mesenteric artery depend on many factors. Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I understand your concern. The blockage of 90 % of the superior mesenteric artery is a very significant blockage. The timing of the blockage of the stent depends on many factors. High cholesterol is one of the most important factors which contribute in the blockage. Blood clots can also be the cause of the blockage. There are a variety of ways to treat this including a bypass procedure or sometimes with a new intravascular stent. The procedure is not always an emergency. I would recommend to consult a vascular surgery about the best way of treatment in your case. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.