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Blocked Right Carotid Artery
I had parotid surgeries 25 & 20 years ago. I recently experienced TIA. Tests show left carotid artery 30% blocked & right carotid artery 70%.?
Focus on carotids: Likely the carotid blockages are due to longstanding deposits of cholesterol and plaques along the inside of the arteries. Coukd be due to high cholesterol or genetics. This is likely what's causing your TIAs as these arteries are the main source if blood into the brain. The lack of blood to the brain can cause TIAs and eventually full strokes. Discuss your options with your doc for treatment ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
Just depends: There are a lot of options when discussing carotid artery disease. The treatment guidelines are very strict and are based on symptoms and the degree of narrowing found on tests. The options range from observation to placing a stent or surgery to remove the blockage. It is really hard to tell which one is the right treatment until evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My grandfather had a stroke. His carotid arteries are 100% and 85% blocked. What kind of surgery does he need?
Depends: We do not perform surgeries to open up complete (100%) blockages. For the side with 85% blockage he should first and foremost be on an Aspirin as well as a cholesterol lowering statin medication for optimal medical management. The surgical options are an open carotid endarterectomy or a carotid stent. If he can tolerate anesthesia then an open procedure is preferred. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See vascular surgeon: I suspect he means that the carotid arteries have partial blockage, usually in the form of atherosclerosis. In the absence of neurological symptoms, most cases can be handled with medicine and close periodic follow up by a vascular surgeon. However, if the blockage is more than 80%, surgery will reduce the risk of stroke. In very special instances, carotid angioplasty and stent may be an option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: Unlikely, at your age, you would experience carotid thrombosis, unless you had trauma, and then, a stroke would develop. The sensation over the neck could represent muscle spasm, enlarged lymph node, or aberrant thyroid tissue. See your doc, get examined, and hopefully, get reassured. ...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?
My carotid artery is 80% blocked and I am going in for carotid stenting next thur. Started smoking again. Am I going to be okay??
Avoid smoking: Since that is what caused it. Somewhat concerned about you getting a carotid stent at age 42 since it is reserved for high risk patients. You should discuss carotid stent vs carotid endarterectomy with your physician. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my carotid artery is 80% blocked and I am going in for carotid stenting next thur. Started smoking again am i?
Both at the same tim: Factors causing one cxause they other: smoking, bad cholesterol issues, increased blood pressure, diabetes, and several less liekly other, like homocysteinemia. These causitive factors need be treated. Both carotid blockage or coronary ischemia may require intervention, surgically. ...Read more
Unlikely related: It's unlikely related, however she should see her PMD to make sure this is not related to small strokes (TIAs) ...Read more
I have been troubled by ongoing vertigo, and I also have very high cholesterol, is it possible for blocked carotid arteries to cause dizziness?
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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