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Both Carotid Arteries Blocked
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
CEA: The gold standard for carotid stenosis is carotid endarterectomy.See 4 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?
Not a good idea: Carotid occlusive disease and it's corresponding operation are very serious issues that should not be combined with surgery for varicose veins. Both have a great deal of importance but the more important and serious of the two should be addressed first-carotid endarterectomy. The varicose vein surgery can be done anytime thereafter.See 1 more doctor answer
Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries.See 1 more doctor answer
Carotid surgery: Carotid surgery should be done when risk of not doing so higher. Stroke risk lowest for asymptomatic stenosis, higher in those with TIAs and yet higher with prior stroke. Risk of MI can be higher than stroke risk. Slight risk of bleeding, real but low risk cranial nerve injury, low risk of surgically significant carotid renarrowing. Generally stroke risk lower for surgery, MI risk lower for stent.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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?
2 option: Stop smoking and consider a 2 nd option.
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 treatmentSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Stroke: A blocked carotid artery may result in a stroke. This could explain a change in her behavior or personality. If she has not had a stroke, however, a carotid artery blockage would not cause her to "act any differently.".
Unlikely related: It's unlikely related, however she should see her PMD to make sure this is not related to small strokes (TIAs)
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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