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Calcified Plaque In The Carotid Artery
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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Presence vs effect: Calcified plaque occurs when the cholesterol buildup of your arteries becomes calcified, a natural process. Treatment occurs when the narrowing either results in or is likely to result in problems like chest pains or a heart attack. It is impossible to treat widespread disease but for specific areas of narrowing or blockage, balloons, lasers, and other treatments are used. ...Read more