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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can someone have a clogged basilar artery but the carotids are clear?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Could be, but: It is likely that atherosclerosis would be present both in anterior and posterior circulations to some extent, but there could be more obstruction in vertebral-basilar system than in carotid areas. The syndome called "tip of the basilar" is such an isolated issue. A fully blocked basilar artery could be a seriously malignant stroke and could contribute to rapid demise.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can a person have a clogged basilar artery when her carotids are clear?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 44 years experience
Clot moved to there.: The two most likely is congenital blockage you had entire life or a clot (usually fro a-fib) mover to block it.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can help clear clogging arteries?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Start w/ these : Tx generally start with a healthy diet, & regular exercise, both of which can help achieve & maintain ideal weight. If you use any tob products, then stopping all of it is very important. Start to read food labels. Choose more veggies. Avoid soda, all fast food. Limit juice. Choose fish (tuna/salmon) often. Work w/ proactive doc for complete eval, other tx and monitoring. Good luck!
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