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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Gardner
44 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes. : Any artery that is not "hardened" with plaque or calcium can go into spasm. However, connecting spasm with clinical symptoms is a more difficult. If ... Read More

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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
33 years experience Vascular Surgery
See specialist: Hard to tell spasm, it may be something else. You need to see a vascular surgeon.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pankaj Desai
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Carotid arteries: This seems a worrisome issue. How was it determined specifically? Please discuss this fully with your physicin or consult a vascular specialist.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about,although it i ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
38 years experience Radiation Oncology
Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Fishman
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
Elderly Hypertensive: Carotid stenosis usually occurs secondary to longstanding atherosclerosis. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery dis ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience Cardiology
Not clear: Your question is not clear. Please reframe the question to get correct answer.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francine Yep
30 years experience Family Medicine
Blocked plumbing: Your carotid arteries deliver blood to your brain and head. Carotid artery stenosis is when gunk and inflammation make it harder for the blood to flow ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Teal
29 years experience Neurosurgery
No: There are arterial conditions in your legs that can cause leg pain similar to sciatica in some cases. Your carotid artery in your neck is too far remo ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Usually atheroma: Usually cholesterol based but can also have calcium and fibrous material as well.Occurs when natural barrier called the endothelium is disrupted allow ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher White
42 years experience Cardiology
Blocked neck artery: Carotid artery stenosis is most often from cholesterol buildup (atherosclerosis ). More than 50% is signifcant. Usually diagnosed with ultrasound. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Collateral: The palm and finger vessels are fed by multiple sources including radial, ulnar and less so the interosseous. These are interactive interconnected an ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Smith
19 years experience Vascular Surgery
Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
15 years experience Neurology
Yes: The short answer is yes
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Generally not: The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Many times the carotid dissection cures/heals itself without residual symptoms. As the dissection heals and scars, it "cures" itself. When it occurs ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience Internal medicine
Depends: When blood flow is sufficiently reduced by a greater than 70% blockage of an artery or arteries, to the point of permanent damage or weaknening of the ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. DAVID AMOS
50 years experience Family Medicine
Carotid stenosis: Presence of carotid bruit and carotid ultrasound.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Heart attack: It depends on how bad the blockage is. If severe it could cause actual damage, a heart attack. If less severe it could cause chest pain on exertion. I ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Surgical operation: This operation uses arteries and veins as bypass grafts to bring blood into the coronary arteries beyond blockages and keep the heart muscle well supp ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
NO: Carotid artery is in neck and sciatica pain is in back and leg. There is no correlation at all.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ajluni
34 years experience Cardiology
CAD: Coronary artery disease is defined as obstructive lesions in the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle . These start as areas of inflammatio ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
31 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Yes, a coronary angiogram is the most widely used test to look for blockages in the arteries of the heart and to decide the best treatment option (med ... Read More
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