U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Annapolis, MD
A 69-year-old female asked:

I have been troubled by ongoing vertigo, and i also have very high cholesterol, is it possible for blocked carotid arteries to cause dizziness?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Jones
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Not usually: If you have carotid occlusive disease (carotid stenosis) it can increase risk of mini-strokes (tias) and stroke but not general just vertigo.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Very unlikely: Typical carotid disease causes stroke or mini stroke with loss of sensory/motor function of one side of the body, speech problem, facial muscle dysfunction . In extreme cases where you have severe stenosis or complete occlusion of both carotids and with occasional hypotension then you could experience dizziness .. Now, the vertebral artery disease can cause dizziness and unsteady gait.Check doctor.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Problems: With the vertebral arteries may cause dizziness. Better see a neurologist.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Talk to your physician & they might get a carotid ultrasound to further assess.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated May 23, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.