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Takayasu’s Arteritis

Takayasu’s arteritis is also known as pulseless disease, and aortic arch syndrome is inflammation of the blood vessels.  The inflammation from this disease can damage the large arteries of the body including the heart, and in particular, the aorta vessel along with other arteries that attach to the vessel.  Inflammation of the arteries can permanently damage the vessels of the brain, kidneys, and arms.   Takayasu’s arteritis is an autoimmune disorder and is a rare form of vasculitis. Since this disease affects the blood vessels, aneurysms (narrowing of arteries) and stenosis (dilation of arteries that is abnormal) along with scarring the arteries the disease can make the patient prone to stroke or heart failure.

Takayasu’s arteritis is an autoimmune disease and is brought on by bacterial or viral infection.  The disease often occurs in two stages, the first with mild, nonspecific symptoms like fatigue, low-grade fever, achiness and weight loss, that a patient may not even be aware of the damage to their blood vessels.  The second stage has more health complications, and the disease can reoccur or flare up.  The condition mainly occurs in women with an incidence of 8 to 9 times higher than in men. The condition can start as young as ten years old in girls up to the age of 40.  Although the disease occurs worldwide, women of Asian descent have a much higher propensity for this disease which can be hereditary.

Common Symptoms of Takayasu’s Arteritis:

  • Arms and legs are cold.
  • Pain and weakness in arms and legs.
  • Very weak pulse.
  • Cognitive issues with memory and processing information.
  • Headaches, lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting.
  • High blood pressure or different blood pressure readings from one arm or the other of 15 points or more.
  • Anemia.
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain.
  • Changes in your vision.

 

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