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I have pain on the left side of my neck (where my caratoid artery is) travels to the base of the back of my neck. Been happening for 2 months now. Why?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I was told I have small hemogen plaques in my carotid. I'm 41. What age do plaques begin to show up in arteries.?
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
I can feel lymphnodes as small knots around carotid arteries? They are very small so is it possible to feel normal sized lymphnodes? PLEASE HELP
Yes: People who are skinny are able to feel more lymph nodes than those of us who are not. ...Read more
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
Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries. ...Read more
Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure I recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
CEA: The gold standard for carotid stenosis is carotid endarterectomy. ...Read more
Variable: Can be many results including: nothing, blood accumulation in the neck, ecchymosis (black and blue mark), hematoma (firm mass of blood), or, in the worse case, a stroke. ...Read more
Depends: Many people can either block one carotid, or have one carotid occluded surgically (ie for trauma or ecmo) and go on to live normal lives and never know. Likewise, some people can have devastating strokes from it. ...Read more
Carotid Pain: Carotid artery pain is also called carotodynia. This is caused by inflammation of the arterial bulb, where the internal and external arteries divide from the common carotid artery. I recommend large doses of nsaids, such as Ibuprofen 800 mg three times / day for fourteen days. Prednisone is also generally very effective, but is used only if nsaids don't work. See your primary care healthcare provi. ...Read more
Death: You don't need a physician to explain that this leads pretty quickly to death. ...Read more
"Nicked": "nicked" is a word some physicians use to describe an unintentional injury caused in the process of providing medical care by a trained person. Depending on the extent of the injury to the carotid artery, the consequences can range from nothing to causing a stroke. This would be really unfortunate, but these things can and do happen with some regularity. ...Read more
Yes: Depends on the situation and the degree of injury. It's unlikely an open stab wound that severs the artery in half could be saved just because of the logistics of getting the person to surgery in time. If the wound is closed (like the skin) tampanode can slow the bleeding enough to give the patient more time survive until surgery. ...Read more
Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous. ...Read more