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Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

None: Calcification of any artery, by itself, does not warrant any type of intervention or follow up. If that calcification is associated with a stenosis ("narrowing") of the artery, then that may require follow up and/or an operation. The carotid arteries are very often calcified and if associated with a high grade stenosis, may portend a higher risk of stroke. Discuss with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Artery (Definition)

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


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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more

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What causes dilated carotid arteries?

Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger on ultrasound. True enlarged carotid arteries should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dilation of carotid arteries?

What are the symptoms of dilation of carotid arteries?

Carotid arteries: Dilated arteries none good flow. Stenosis restricted flow stroke like event. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how accurate is portable ultrasound screenings of carotid arteries?

Can you tell me how accurate is portable ultrasound screenings of carotid arteries?

Very: As long as the portable ultrasound screening program is icavl accredited, the results will be 90%-98% accurate. Ultrasounds are operator dependent, that is why it is important that the ultrasound lab follow standard protocols to optimize results. Icavl is an acronym for... Intersocietal commission for the accreditation of vascular laboratories. ...Read more

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My cardiologist told me both of my carotid arteries are blocked. What are my options?

My cardiologist told me both of my carotid arteries are blocked. What are my options?

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 more

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Could blocking only one of the left and right common carotid arteries lead to complete brain death?

Could blocking only one of the left and right common carotid arteries lead to complete brain death?

Unlikely: The blood flow to the brain comes from anterior circulation, the carotids, and posterior, the basilar branching into the 2 vertebrals. Complete unilateral carotid thrombosis could cause a significant stroke but the collateral circulation could mitigate the damage, and preserve substantial function. ...Read more

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Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Yes: Tia's are short-lived, about 20-30- minutes and usually fully reverse. If not, it is a stroke with tissue damage, and then can be seen on an mri. The event heralds risk, and preventative treatment with an antiplatelet drug should be started. An embolism from say the heart or aorta, may need anti-coagulation. The greatest future risk of TIA is a stroke within one year. ...Read more

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I have been pressing my carotid arteries every day for a year now to check my pulse. Sometimes just light but also hard. What's the effects? Clots?

I have been pressing my carotid arteries every day for a year now to check my pulse. Sometimes just light but also hard. What's the effects? Clots?

Not too hard!: If you compress your carotid too vigorously, you can initiate a reflex that slows your heart and, in the extreme, could even cause you to pass out. (unlikely). If you press hard and long, you can interrupt circulation to that side (hemisphere) of your brain and cause damage. If you must check your carotid, press gently and for no more than 15 seconds. ...Read more

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What are the carotid arteries?

What are the carotid arteries?

Carotic Arteries: The human carotid arteries supply the head and the neck with oxygenated blood. The left common carotid artery originates from the aorta and the right common carotid originates from the brachiocephalic artery which originates from the aorta. The carotic artery divides in the neck to form the internal and external carotic arteries. ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

Arteries to head: 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 blood to the brain. ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really: Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate more about clogged carotid arteries?

Can any docs elaborate more about clogged carotid arteries?

Carotid: What about them? No intervention warranted until symptomatic lesion or 80%. Every case is has to be reviewed individually. ...Read more

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Hello - How is possible placque detected/measured in vertebral and carotid arteries?

Hello - How is possible placque detected/measured in vertebral and carotid arteries?

Varies: There are a variety of ways. Probably to most common is to evaluate the blood flow through a artery in a test known as an ultrasound; other tests can include an angiogram, a ct angiogram, or direct visualization of the plaque in surgery. ...Read more

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