A 37-year-old member asked:
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should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Good Question: Blocked carotid arteries are treated in order to prevent a major stroke. Patients with alzheimer's disease are forgetful, they have not had a stroke. If this 87y/o is still functional, then carotid surgery makes sense. If not, then the family should decide whether the benefit of surgery is worth the risk.
Answered on Aug 4, 2018
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
It's personal: Every person should consider the risks and benefits of any procedure or surgery. When one is 87, one way to look at it is, what cause of death does one want to avoid the most.
Answered on Aug 4, 2018
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Hard question: Very difficult question. Get your family together with your doctor and decide. Many physicians believe that it is ok not to treat this type of patient. Can continue medical treatment.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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