A 49-year-old member asked:
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can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
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.
Answered on Jan 22, 2015
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