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Subclavian steal syndrome

Subclavian arterial disease

If you are experiencing problems with subclavian steal syndrome our cardiology experts can help to treat you

About

Subclavian steal syndrome occurs when arteries that diverge from the aortic arch become blocked. The aortic arch sits at the head of the main artery to the heart. This may also cause structural complications for your arteries as a result. Your consultant may recommend surgery to correct this upon diagnosis.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Subclavian steal syndrome icon plus

    Symptoms you may have include:

    • Upper extremity claudication (weakness, fatigue or pain in the arm area)
    • Skin discoloration
    • Blood pressure changes
    • Neurological changes such as dizziness or blurred vision
    • Breathing problems
    • Reduced pulse
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you.

    The following tests can be carried out if they suspect you may have subclavian steal syndrome:

    • Physical examination to assess general health, including bloody pressure and arm movement.
    • Ultrasound imaging to help determine the extent of arterial blockage
    • Angiography to monitor blood vessels. A special dye is inserted into your blood. The vessels will then be visible on X-Ray.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best possible approach for you. These might include:

    • An angioplasty. Your surgeon will carefully inflate a small balloon inside your artery to open its walls
    • A stent can be inserted to help keep the artery open and limit blockage
    • An endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the plaque (fatty deposits) blocking or narrowing your affected artery. This allows blood to flow more freely through the aortic arch
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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