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are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. DAVID AMOS
50 years experience Family Medicine
Carotid stenosis: None, carotid endarterectomy is indicated if stenosis is more than 50-75 % obstructed and patient is symptomatic.
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: Patient with carotid stenosis should be on anti platelet medicine like Aspirin or Plavix , also if tolerated, must be on a statin( cholesterol lowering medicine) like Lipitor (atorvastatin) to stabilize atherosclerotic plaque and prevent its progression to worse stenosis. In cases of symptomatic carotid stenosis above 50% then surgery is better than just medical treatment.
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
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