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What does it mean for me when my carotids are 95% occluded on ultrasound?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
95% Blocked: Ultrasound is a great way to determine how blocked the carotid arteries are. It turns out that the more blocked they are the greater the risk for a stroke. Even if you are not having a symptoms (mini-stroke or actual stroke), a blockage of 80% or greater is enough to warrant a carotid endarterectomy. If you are having symptoms, then a blockage of 50% or greater is enough to warrant surgery.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Stroke risk: Need to be on Aspirin if you can take it. Need a cta of the neck to evaluate the plaque. May need surgery or a stent. See your doctor. You are at risk of having a stroke.

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