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Calcified Plaque In The Carotid Artery
Degree: As we age some plaque is common. The degree of narrowing is followed by duplex ultrasound and if progressive, tight, or symptoms develop, intervention or surgery may be recommended. At your age, stop smoking, control blood pressure and cholesterol and have vascular followup. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
194 cm???: There are a number of different criteria for determining how much narrowing is in the carotid artery based on what velocities are measured. A single value would be difficult to convert to a degree of stenosis. In general the higher the velocity the greater the narrowing. A peak systolic velocity, an end diastolic velocity and a ratio between internal and common carotid velocities are needed. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area.It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse.One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Mild diffuse atherosclerotic plaques are seen w in internal carotid arteries. No hemodynamically significant carotid stenosis per ratio criteria?
77yrs. CABG-'98, EF-LV 52%, Mild COPD-'12. Treatment/stable. HDL/LDL, BP, SpO2 normal. Carotid doppler-hemdynamically signifc calcific plaque, 75% ?
Stroke history?: Hi. I assume you've not had a stroke or TIA; please clarify if you have. That's what you want to prevent. Regardless of your LDL and HDL, you should be on a high dose statin. Regardless of your BP, you should be on an ACE inhibitor. You should be on some anti-platelet agent (e.g., clopidogrel). You should absolutely NOT smoke (I trust you've quit!). Good luck! ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Carotid doppler test found a calcified plaque of 3.5mm x 2.5mm in left bulb.All else normal. I am 46yrs male.Very worried.How big is this blockage?
Incomplete data: It is not necessarily the size of plaque, but the degree of obstruction it represents, the composition of the plaque (not just calcification) & even more important, the stability of the plaque surface itself. All of these are amenable to lifestyle & pharmacologic intervention, so risk factor assessment & management are critical to the assessment & management of your plaque. Talk to your doctor! ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Patient with TIA history, what does it mean to have a small calcified plaque is present in right carotid bulb, however, without causing significant ar?
Talk to a surgeon: You are right to associate the calcified plaque with the TIA -- and this is certainly possible. However just because it is there, doesn't mean it is causing the symptoms. What a surgeon would want to know is how narrow is the blockage, and are the symptoms potentially caused by it. You should talk to an experienced vascular surgeon. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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