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Doctor insights on: Caratoid Artery

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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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My caratoid artery feels like it gets tight and then releases. And i can feel my heart beating in my throat.

My caratoid artery feels like it gets tight and then releases. And i can feel my heart beating in my throat.

Vascular: At your age, you shouldn't have to worry about your carotid artery. Carotid artery disease in a 30-year-old woman is extremely rare. However if you feel your heart beating in your throat, that is a palpitation symptom which can be further evaluated by your physician. There are several causes for palpitations, and the first thing you should do is minimize caffeine in your diet. ...Read more

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What are the carotid arteries?

What are the carotid arteries?

Carotic Arteries: The human carotid arteries supply the head and the neck with oxygenated blood. The left common carotid artery originates from the aorta and the right common carotid originates from the brachiocephalic artery which originates from the aorta. The carotic artery divides in the neck to form the internal and external carotic arteries. ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could  blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

Arteries to head: 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 blood to the brain. ...Read more

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Are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

Are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

Surgery or stents: For blockages serious enough to require treatment, there are two options. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgery where the arteries are opened sugically and cleaned out. For some people, stenting is an option. Similar to heart stents, a small tube is inserted like an IV and a small metal coil is released in the area of the blockage, thereby holding the vessel open. ...Read more

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If your internal carotid arteries are normal wouldnt the external ones be normal as well?

If your internal carotid arteries are normal wouldnt the external ones be normal as well?

No certainty & be: aware that only the opening is usually evaluated by ultrasound or angiography. While relevant for blood flow (at the moment), atherosclerosis is in the walls, does not produce narrowing & plaque ruptures leading to clot promoting debris shedding into the blood stream & clots are what creates strokes, not narrowing. Study: http://goo.gl/aRhOU2, the image & my answers on healthtap for understanding. ...Read more

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I was told i have small hemogen plaques in my carotid. Im 41. What age do plaques begin to show up in arteries.?

I was told i have small hemogen plaques in my carotid. Im 41. What age do plaques begin to show up in arteries.?

Lifestyle choices: Plaques form in the carotid in the following manner. Fatty streaks appear, followed by formation of atherosclerosis (Cholesterol plaques). These plaques can then rupture leading to stroke and other disease. Fatty streaks have been routinely found in the autopsies of young soldiers, plaques later. To slow progression you should watch your BP, stay active, and have your cholesterol checked. ...Read more

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic... ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external( face) and internal(brain) components. It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke. Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99% there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read more

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Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

No: A dowager's hump will not affect carotid artery flow. Disease in the carotid artery will affect flow. ...Read more

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Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Yes: As we age there is some thickening of the wall-intima. But it is a sign of potential atherosclerosis, and risk factor change is encouraged. Stop smoking check blood pressure aha diet or weight control appropriate cardiovascular exercise etc. ...Read more

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