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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there meds for carotid artery stenosis, or is it surgery or nothing?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 26 years experience
Medications first : Carotid stenosis is often asymptomatic and treated with medication before considering surgery. When stroke symptoms occur, surgery is recommended when stenosis is more than 50%.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery 21 years experience
Depends on details: Not every case of carotid stenosis requires surgery. The vast majority are best treated with medical management. Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular 34 years experience
No Meds: No current medication reduce the carotid artery disease. But antiplatlet agents and statins decrease the risk of stroke.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Yes: You should be on an Aspirin and a statin. Both lower your risk of a stroke, but neither will make the carotid stenosis go away.
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Are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

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Carotid stenosis: None, carotid endarterectomy is indicated if stenosis is more than 50-75 % obstructed and patient is symptomatic.
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Who gets carotid artery stenosis?

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Elderly Hypertensive: Carotid stenosis usually occurs secondary to longstanding atherosclerosis. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. It takes time for atherosclerotic plaques to develop, so most patients with carotid artery stenosis are older adults.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional 34 years experience
Check out stroke.org for good info
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is carotid artery stenosis diagnosed?

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Carotid stenosis: Presence of carotid bruit and carotid ultrasound.
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What causes carotid artery stenosis?

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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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