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Doctor insights on: Can Someone Have A Clogged Basilar Artery But The Carotids Are Clear

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Artery (Definition)

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


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How can a person have a clogged basilar artery when her carotids are clear?

How can a person have a clogged basilar artery when her carotids are clear?

Just is: The carotid arteries are anterior circulation vessels; you can think of them as supplying the front of the brain. The basilar artery is at the base of the brain and is created by the confluence of the two vertebral arteries, which are posterior circulation vessels. It is possible to have disease in only one of these vessels, or in all of them, or in any combination. ...Read more

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What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

What does it mean "Normal vascular flow voids are present in the distal carotid and vertebral arteries, the
basilar artery and the proximal anterior, ?

Normal arteries: Since the blood is moving during an MRI, the inside of the blood vessels appears to be a "flow void". This is the language used to report normal-appearing blood vessels. ...Read more

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MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?

Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint. Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more

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What are the signs that your carotid artery is clogged?

What are the signs that your carotid artery is clogged?

Carotid Stenosis: Signs of Carotid Artery Stenosis are Bruit, TIA or Stroke. The symptoms of a TiA may include sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs, often on just one side of the body, inability to move one or more of your limbs, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, dizziness or loss of balance, sudden, severe headache with no known cause. ...Read more

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What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

Ultrasound.: the most common test is a duplex ultrasound of the carotid artery. This checks for plaque in the artery, amount of blockage and the flow through the artery. ...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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If you have a partially clogged carotid artery, how often do you need to get it checked?

If you have a partially clogged carotid artery, how often do you need to get it checked?

Depends: Depending upon the degree of stenosis the typical time range to have the carotids checked is very six to twelve months with a duplex ultrasound. ...Read more

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My doctor heard something he did not like when he listened to my carotid artery? Is it the noise of clogged artery?

My doctor heard something he did not like when he listened to my carotid artery?  Is it the noise of clogged artery?

Neck bruit: Your doc most likely heard a bruit with the stethescope. A bruit is a sound related to turbulent flow. The next step in your workup is to review your vascular risk factors and get an ultrasound or duplex of your neck arteries. The issue is stroke risk. ...Read more

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Seeing spots with carotid artery disease? Is that a sign of bad clogging?

Seeing spots with carotid artery disease?  Is that a sign of bad clogging?

Possibly: If you develop transient visual disturbance like curtain coming down your eye, it may well be early sign of carotid disease so see your doc soon. ...Read more

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