Takayasu Arteritis (TA/TAK) is a rare, systemic, inflammatory large-vessel vasculitis of unknown cause that most commonly affects women of childbearing age. In Takayasu's arteritis, the inflammation damages the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from your heart to the rest of your body, and its main branches.
The disease can lead to blockages or narrowed arteries 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. Initial symptoms include fatigue, general aches and pains, weight loss, and a mild fever, with pain and weakness in limbs, headaches, dizziness, cognitive problems, shortness of breath, decreased pulse, and chest pains occurring later on. Treatments include steroids and immunosuppressive meds aimed at controlling inflammation.
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