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A 27-year-old member asked:

are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Surgery or stents: For blockages serious enough to require treatment, there are two options. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgery where the arteries are opened sugically and cleaned out. For some people, stenting is an option. Similar to heart stents, a small tube is inserted like an IV and a small metal coil is released in the area of the blockage, thereby holding the vessel open.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Vegetarian diet.: Unless the obstruction of any of the internal carotid arteries is more then 75 % the vascular surgeon won't operate to clean it. If you are not candidate for surgery then you need a strict plant based diet ( vegetarian), - also anticoagulants (aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) Aggrenox warfarin or pradaxa) you need anticholesterol meds to keep the LDL <80. Stop smoking if u do. Low sat fat diet.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for the carotid arteries of my husband to clear up from 100% blockage on one side without treatment?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Pak
Dr. Laura Pak answered
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
In short, no: We generally dont do surgery for people with 100% blockage; endartectomy can be hazardous in this situation. A person with stroke symptoms and 100% blockage is typically treated with Coumadin (warfarin) anticoagulation. An occluded artery may stay occluded or may partially reopen over time. Whether it reopens or not, it rarely causes further problems but it's important to follow the other side by ultrasound.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have the carotid artery cleared at age 70?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. In a functional 70 year old who is at risk for a stroke, carotid surgery is beneficial.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Age is only a relative risk for surgery. A patient who is otherwise in good health should be able to undergo surgery. Many surgeons also can perform this procedure under a regional block (numbing medicine like at the dentist) rather than with general anesthesia.
Feb 6, 2012

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