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My father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?

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Dr. Steven Giannotta
Neurosurgery 49 years experience
Possibly: It depends on his general health especially the condition of his heart and lungs. The surgeon must report no more than a 3 - 5% complication rate. He may be a candidate for a stenting procedure if he has heart problems or multiple strokes.
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Will need to: Be evaluated to see if intervention is safe. I perform carotid artery stenting with distal protection on patients this age frequently. See stroke and carotid artery disease at www.Sirweb.Org for good info.

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Last updated May 26, 2016

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