What is aorta iliac?
Your aorta is your main blood vessel. It comes out from your heart, down through your chest, and into your belly. There, it branches off into your iliac arteries. Your iliac arteries bring blood down into your legs.
Where is the iliac aorta located?
The common iliac arteries originate near the fourth lumbar vertebra in the lower back, where the abdominal aorta divides (bifurcation). From there, it runs down the pelvis where it ends at the level of the pelvic brim. Here, it splits into two major branches: the internal and external iliac arteries.
How do you unblock the iliac artery?
There are two types of surgery to treat iliac artery disease. During an iliac artery endarterectomy, the doctor makes an incision in the pelvis. This exposes the iliac artery and the plaque inside the artery is removed. Patients who have this type of surgery are usually in the hospital for about a week.
What is aortic and iliac atherosclerosis?
The primary cause of aortoiliac disease is atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When plaque deposits narrow the aorta and iliac arteries, the vessels are unable to deliver adequate blood to the pelvic organs and legs.
What will happen if the aorta is blocked?
When the aortic valve opening is narrowed, your heart must work harder to pump enough blood into the aorta and to the rest of your body. The extra work of the heart can cause the left ventricle to thicken and enlarge.
What are the symptoms of a blocked aorta?
Symptoms of Aortic Occlusive Disease
- Erectile dysfunction in men.
- High blood pressure.
- Pain, fatigue, numbness in the arms.
- Pain, fatigue, numbness in the legs.
- Transient ischemic attacks.
Where are the common iliac arteries?
The common iliac arteries (CIAs) enter the pelvis on the medial aspect of the psoas muscle. The left CIA is shorter than the right. The right CIA passes anterior to the left common iliac vein and then anterior and parallel to the right common iliac vein.
How do you unclog your aorta?
A heart-healthy diet contains plenty of good fats and low amounts of bad fats.
- Add more good fats to your diet. Good fats are also called unsaturated fats.
- Cut sources of saturated fat, such as fatty meat and dairy.
- Eliminate artificial sources of trans fats.
- Increase your fiber intake.
- Cut back on sugar.