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Can radiation therapy lead to carotid artery blockage?

Can radiation therapy lead to carotid artery blockage?

I do not agree: Radiation to the head and neck area could potentially increase the risk for carotid artery disease years after the treatment. I routinely discuss this risk with my patients whom are being treated for a head and neck cancer. Unfortunately, the treatment with radiation is necessary for their disease so the risk of treatment is outweighed by the benfits. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Not usually: A bad trauma can cause dissection of vertebral and carotid arteries at the same time but rare. Carotid bruit can indicate a stenosis which is usually atherosclerosis. Fibromuscular dysplasia can cause narrowing. Fmd is usually in women. Fmd can affect the vertebral arteries and the carotid arteries. Fmd can cause dissection in vertebral and carotid arteries. ...Read more

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How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

Carotid disease: If angiogram was "fine" then you must not have any. The best way is to get a piece of the blockage in the carotid and look at it under a microscope. Most common cause would be vascular damage (rust) from smoking, high blood pressure, high lipids or old trauma. Happy to do 2nd Opinion to help narrow this down in you. ...Read more

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Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

Can chelation therapy be used in place of angioplasty for blocked arteries?

No: Chelation therapy is not a part of the therapy behind atherosclerosis when you have blocked arteries. When you do have a blockage, you need to mechanically reduce the obstruction. That can be done through angioplasty and potentially putting a stent in to keep that artery open. Subsequently one should be on cholesterol lowering medicine to prevent this from occuring again. ...Read more

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Can an aortic dissection lead to unilateral leg ischemia?

Can an aortic dissection lead to unilateral leg ischemia?

Yes: Aortic dissection can cause compromised blood flow to any branch of of the aorta including the iliac or femoral vessels which supply each leg with blood. ...Read more

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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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Can carotid artery stenosis cause increased brain pressure if left untreated?

Can carotid artery stenosis cause increased brain pressure if left untreated?

No: No. Carotid stenosis is the blockage of blood flow to the brain which significantly increases the risk of stroke. A blockage in the carotid artery would more likely decrease blood flow/pressure in the brain. ...Read more

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Can Triple vessel coronary artery disease treated with angioplasty and placement of stents?

Angioplasty: The treatment of multivessel disease depends on many factors. If you have triple vessel disease you should discuss your status with your cardiologist and ask the options open to you. ...Read more

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Carotid artery surgery and lack of blood supply to the brain. Could that cause stroke effects?

Carotid artery surgery and lack of blood supply to the brain. Could that cause stroke effects?

Yes. Call Now!: Patients who have had carotid artery surgery definitely have a risk of stroke. The highest risk of stroke is during and immediately after the procedure and is generally quoted at about 2%. If you are experiencing any signs of stroke and have had recent carotid surgery call your surgeon immediately or go to the emergency room. Difficulty speaking or weakness on one side of the body would be the most common complaints. ...Read more

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Can cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation cause damage to the coronary arteries close to the ablation site

Can cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation cause damage to the coronary arteries close to the ablation site

Yes but it's rare: The coronary arteries, most specifically a branch of the left circumflex artery run directly beneath a structure called the left atrial appendage. Ablation in that region, or just behind it puts rf energy near that artery. However, the artery has very high flow (relatively speaking) and is thus protected from damage the majority of the time. ...Read more

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Can a LCX para ostial occlusion be stented in addition to small diagonal branches ?

Can a LCX para ostial occlusion be stented in addition to small diagonal branches ?

LCX para ostial occlusion be stented: Yes, but depends very much on the skills of the cardiologist. The diagonal is not the issue as supplies blood to a relatively small muscle mass of the hear. On the other hand the CFX , which is occluded, has developed collateral circulation, therefore is a protected artery. Some cardiologists in cases the CFX is very close to the LM, would refer to a surgeon. Talk to the surgeon how Confident he feels about doing the procedure using stent vs surgery. I would prefer the later. The best have a second opinion. ...Read more

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How much blockage in artery or arteries can cause a heart attack. Also does blockage come from plaque and clot.

How much blockage in artery or arteries can cause a heart attack.  Also does blockage come from plaque and clot.

Blockage is 100%: to suffer an injury the artery must get closed off for a period of time. Talks about percent stenosis (narrowing) reflect how much of the native artery remains open for flow, that number also gives an estimate about how possible it would be for a small clot to come along and plug up that vessel. The usual way the "door slams shut" is when a clot floats in and finishes making a blockage. ...Read more

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Will coronary cta with calcium score show possible cause of caroited artery bruit?

Will coronary cta with calcium score show possible cause of caroited artery bruit?

Coronary CTA: Coronary cta looks at the coronary arteries. A carotid artery cta would look at the carotid. The coronary study would not normally include the carotid arteries in its imaging. ...Read more

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Can a renal artery blockage cause blockages in the legs?

Can a renal artery blockage cause blockages in the legs?

No: No. However, disease that caused renal artery block can cause similar blocks in other blood vessels. Common causes- atherosclerotic disease due to high cholesterol. In young- disorders of vessel walls- fibrous muscular dysplasia. ...Read more

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How does coronary artery disease lead to myocardial ischemia?

How does coronary artery disease lead to myocardial ischemia?

By blocking the flow: In young, healthy individuals the inner lining of the blood vessels is clean and smooth. Overtime, for many reasons, the inner surface of the heart blood vessels (coronary arteries) may start becoming bumpy/lumpy or blocked due to fat (cholesterol) deposits called "atherosclerotic plaque". This in turn reduces the amount of blood flow available causing "ischemia" (oxygen deprivation). ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

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 more

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Can you die from coronary artery dissection?

Can you die from coronary artery dissection?

Yes: Coronary artery dissection is a serious condition which may mostly lead to a massive heart attack and death. Needs an immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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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


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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more