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A 48-year-old member asked:

At what age are you considered too old for carotid artery surgery?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Age/carotid surgery: I don't think there is an age limit. Many factors besides age come into play when considering any surgery. Carotid artery stenting has certainly allowed older patients to have carotid blockages corrected but at a somewhat higher risk for stroke.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
None specific: Patients 80 years and above considered high risk for any procedure including carotid surgery. But some patients who are above 80 yrs old are better candidates for carotid surgery than some 60's and 70's yr old patients. So it really depends on every patient.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Too old?: It is not the age of a person but their overall condition, life expectancy and things like that which go into the decision to offer repair.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

At what usual age are you too old for carotid artery surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Controversial.: Age by itself is not a contraindication for carotid artery surgery. More important are that person's risks, such as heart disease and such. A more interesting question is whether or not one would benefit from carotid artery surgery, and this is a very controversial topic within my field. There is little to suggest there is an absolute age cutoff, however. Discuss with a vascular surgeon.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

6 doctor answers24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Age is relative. If a high functioning person has a TIA (mini-stroke) or a full blown stroke with carotid artery narrowing > 50%, then offering carotid surgery is an option. Poor cardiac function ( a bad heart ) is a contraindication for general anesthesia, however there are other options such as carotid stenting or an awake carotid endarterectomy using a nerve block.

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Last updated Dec 31, 2012

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