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Alzheimers Patient Blocked Carotid Artery
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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Carotid Dissection: To my knowledge there is no such community established yet. ...Read more
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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