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Should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Is it worth it for an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient to have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Is it worth it for an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient to have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

No 1 answer fits all: Every surgery has risks and benefits. Each specific person and their particular health history also bring benefits and risks to the discussion. Answering this question for any particular person is best done with honest open communication discussing all of the risks and benefits between the healthcare team and the person most effected. ...Read more

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Should an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient have thoracic surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Should an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient have thoracic surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Only if symptomatic: Age or pre-existing conditions, outside of terminal disease, should not be a contraindication for intervention. Medical management is the primary treatment for carotid disease, followed by medical and interventional therapy. In an 87 year old, surgery would be preferred if indicated. ...Read more

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Do you know the data sheet for examination of a patient of carotid artery stenosis?

Do you know the data sheet for examination of a patient of carotid artery stenosis?

Variable: Carotid evaluations can be done with physical exam, ultrasound(doppler) and ct, mra and angiography in properly selected patients. The dat-results are presented in variable formats but leading to degree of narrowing(stenosis) or irregularity(ulceration). ...Read more

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Could you know the data sheet for examination of a patient of carotid artery stenosis?

Could you know the data sheet for examination of a patient of carotid artery stenosis?

Unclear: I'm not clear what you're asking? If carotid stenosis is suspected, the neck is auscultated for bruits. The pt is queried for neurologic deficit and, if appropriate, a neurologic exam is done. Duplex ultrasound exam of the neck is done. If necessary, a ct, mra, or angiogram may be necessary in selected cases. ...Read more

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Should an alzheimer's patient have thoracic surgery to clear a blocked carotid?

Weighing of Values: This is a complicated question best answered by open discussion with family and health care providers and thoughtful weighing of quality of life issues including discussion of what you believe your loved one might have wanted. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more