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Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Yes: The vast majority of carotid dissections will heal in their own. The dissection should be followed with ultrasound to monitor the vessel for development of pseudo aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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How common is a carotid artery dissection?

How common is a carotid artery dissection?

Uncommon: A dissection is a separation of the inner layer of an artery from the outer layer. The risk aside from direct obstruction is that the internal blood pressure can enter this new pocket and rapidly tear open more of the lining, shutting down the artery or even causing a leak - both of these events are deadly. Any major arteries can be affected; the carotid is less common than the aorta. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Describe the features of a carotid artery dissection.?

Arterial tear: An uncommon cause of stroke, but among younger patients, it is one of the most common. Sometimes spontaneously, sometimes after an activity that involves sudden torsion to the neck, a tear may form along the three layers that constitute the arterial wall. This tear causes turbulent blood flow and predisposes to clot formation. These clots can then cause a stroke by blocking important arteries. ...Read more

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If you get carotid artery dissection, how do you feel?

If you get carotid artery dissection, how do you feel?

Stroke/horner/pain: This depend on the cause either sponataneuos or traumatic. Spontaneous can present sometimes with neck pain and headache, horner syndrome( ptosis, miosis, anhidrosis) , stroke or minor strokes or tia. Traumatic usually asymptomatic except for pain at injury site but can present with stroke or tia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carotid artery dissection?

What is the definition or description of: carotid artery dissection?

Tear or disruption : Tear or disruption between the three layers of the artery wall which start at one location and can extend , enlarge, forms clots with embolization or thrombose and occlude the artery, in rare cases it can rupture but not typically in the carotids . The major problem in carotid dissection is stoke. ...Read more

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My brother has carotid artery dissection. Is that something important?

Yes: This is typically a self limited event that is triggered by hypertension or an injury to the neck. He should be followed by a vascular surgeon that will be able to guide him through the treatment options. He will likely only need ultrasound follow up for this along with blood pressure control. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about cervical carotid artery dissection?

Separation: of layers of carotid artery. Stroke is the major risk. Depending on location and extent may be treated by blood thinners, surgery or stent placement. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about carotid artery dissection. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

I read a blog post about carotid artery dissection. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

A tear: It is a tear in the wall of one of the arteries that transport blood to your brain. The layers of the wall separate and flap in the blood stream which may cause a cessation of blood supply to teh brain from that artery. ...Read more

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Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months. What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Internal carotid artery dissection and exercise...My dissection has mostly healed (2mm aneurysm remains) over the last 20 months.  What kind of exercise can I do and at what intensity?

Ask UR cardiologist: Whoever is following you medically needs to be involved in this discussion, as their recommendations is what you'll need to follow closely. Give your doctor a call, and she what s/he says. You don't want to aggrevate the remaining 2 mm aneursym present. This is a great question, and glad you are exercising carefully! ...Read more

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What are the options for someone with a spontaneous internal carotid artery dissection that did not heal after 6 months and is taking aspirin daily?

What are the options for someone with a spontaneous internal carotid artery dissection that did not heal after 6 months and is taking aspirin daily?

Carotid dissection: This is serious and options depends on the location. At any rate dissections can be very dangerous and may result in stroke or bleeding. Please see a vascular surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more

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Would I know if I had a carotid artery dissection?Last couple of days facial tension, no pain or headache.Its not numb.Tingly lips today.Age 28.

Would I know if I had a carotid artery dissection?Last couple of days facial tension, no pain or headache.Its not numb.Tingly lips today.Age 28.

Usually painful: If you have no history of trauma- spontaneous dissection typically affects persons in middle age. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Carotid Artery Dissection (Definition)

Tear or disruption between the three layers of the artery wall which start at one location and can extend , enlarge, forms clots with embolization or thrombose and occlude the artery, in rare cases it can rupture but not typically in the carotids . The major problem in ...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