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left carotid artery blockage

A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Carotid: Having a significant carotid lesion increases the chance of having an episode related to it. Generally we treat with anti atherosclerotic meds and asp ... Read More
Dr. George Clark
36 years experience Vascular Surgery
Carotid blockage: If asymptomatic with use of proper medical therapy a moderate carotid blockage is fairly low risk. Many vascular surgeons would favor no intervention ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Kahn
Dr. Mark Kahn answered
47 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends on how bad: Moderate narrowing less than 75-80% not very dangerous, low risk of stroke. More than this % of narrowing has risk stroke of 1-3% per year, if no ... Read More

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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
57 years experience Endocrinology
Freeze Carotid: This is a very risky situation. This procedure does not work and is very risky with 100% occlusion and even 85%. If he smokes he should stop now! ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
23 years experience Vascular Surgery
Be evaluated: A 69% carotid artery blockage on one side isn't enough to cause dizziness/ fainting spells. Is it low blood pressure, anemia, a middle ear problem? It ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Korona
33 years experience Interventional Radiology
Cta: Need cta of your head and neck to evaluate all the vessels in your head and neck. This will help determine treatment. Also check to make sure no medic ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
54 years experience Phlebology
Maybe: Amaurosis fugax is what you are referring to. The plaque in the carotid artery can shed particulate matter upstream, and when this enters the artery ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Wu
18 years experience Vascular Surgery
Somewhat unclear: Blockages in the carotid artery of a certain severity may increase one's risk of stroke. For those carotid arteries without a blockage, some physician ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
23 years experience Vascular Surgery
Unlikely: Diet alone will most likely not make the blockage go away. Medical management with Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) (anti-platelet agents) and choleste ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Carotid blockage.: It's not the presence or absence of the medication that matters. It's the efficacy of the medication that matters. How well are BP, blood sugar, chol ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
16 years experience Neurology
Yes: The short answer is yes
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Duplex: You can get a carotid duplex (ultrasound) exam.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
57 years experience Endocrinology
Carotid disease: If angiogram was "fine" then you must not have any. The best way is to get a piece of the blockage in the carotid and look at it under a microscope. M ... Read More
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