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Mesenteric Artery Disease

Narrowing or Blockage of Mesenteric Arteries

Mesenteric artery disease - also called mesenteric artery ischemia, mesenteric vascular disease, chronic mesenteric ischemia, and acute mesenteric ischemia - is a narrowing or blockage of one or more of your mesenteric arteries. These three arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your small and large intestines.

Chronic or Acute Condition

Mesenteric ischemia can be either chronic or acute. Chronic means that the condition has been occurring over a relatively long period of time. Acute disease indicates that symptoms start abruptly and become very serious in a short period of time.  Acute mesenteric artery disease is a serious situation and calls for immediate medical care. Chronic mesenteric ischemia can progress without warning to acute mesenteric ischemia.

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215