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A 40-year-old member asked:

could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
No and don't do!: The last thing you would want to do is dislodge carotid plaques! if it breaks off, it will follow the flow of blood and lodge in brain causing strokes. The rough surface then attracts clots which can also cause stroke. Treatment is done by either carotid endarterectomy or stenting, as well as medical management. Again, a stable plaque is a small problem compared to a broken one!
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Don't do it: Develope treatment plan with your doctor. Rubbing your neck can affect your heart beat and could cause a stroke.

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