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A 50-year-old male asked:

If your mother has 50% blocked carotid arteries at 75+ at what age should the son or daughter be checked (screened)are there symptoms to look out for?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 43 years experience
There is no good way: to infer from your mother's clinical situation to yours. Many things other than genetics affect the development of atherosclerotic disease. For asymptomatic individuals screening is not indicated. Symptoms are TIAs, dizzy spells, bruit on exam or stroke.
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Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 30 years experience
Atherosclerosis : Atherosclerosis is a systemic problem, I.e. High circulating levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposit in different vascular beds over time. In other words, more important for u to get a fasting lipid panel and treat your cholesterol aggressively rather than query about a point in time to check for occult carotid artery disease. Additionally if u are of south Asian descent, pls not LDL <100 mg/dl.
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Last updated Jun 11, 2017

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