A 25-year-old member asked:
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is it possible to have the carotid artery cleared at age 70?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
23 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: Absolutely. In a functional 70 year old who is at risk for a stroke, carotid surgery is beneficial.
Answered on Aug 3, 2012
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Dr. Linda Harris
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
Age is only a relative risk for surgery. A patient who is otherwise in good health should be able to undergo surgery. Many surgeons also can perform this procedure under a regional block (numbing medicine like at the dentist) rather than with general anesthesia.
Feb 6, 2012
Dr. David Wilson
27 years experience Vascular Surgery
Yes: Vascular surgeons decide whether or not to recommend carotid surgery based upon a patient's symptoms, overall medical condition and life expectancy. Age is much less of a consideration.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Alan Koslow
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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.
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Dr. Robert Vorhies
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Greater than 65 : The incidence of carotid stenosis increases steadily as one ages. More common in men than women, and significantly after age 65.

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