What is Takayasu Arteritis?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
Takayasu arteritis is an inflammation of the aorta and its major branches (vasculitis). The aorta is the artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Takayasu arteritis can lead to blockages or narrowed arteries (stenosis) or abnormally dilated arteries (aneurysms). Takayasu’s arteritis can also lead to arm or chest pain and high blood pressure and eventually to heart failure or stroke.
The cause of Takayasu arteritis is unknown. This rare disease occurs mainly in children and women between the ages of 20 to 40. It is more common in people of East Asian, Indian or Mexican descent. Several genes that increase the chance of having this problem were recently found.
According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, symptoms of Takayasu arteritis may include:
- Arm weakness or pain with use
- Chest pain
- Muscle or joint pain
- Skin rash
- Night sweats
- Vision changes
- Weight loss
- Decreased radial pulses (at the wrist)
- Difference in blood pressure between the 2 arms
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
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