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Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

None: Calcification of any artery, by itself, does not warrant any type of intervention or follow up. If that calcification is associated with a stenosis ("narrowing") of the artery, then that may require follow up and/or an operation. The carotid arteries are very often calcified and if associated with a high grade stenosis, may portend a higher risk of stroke. Discuss with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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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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What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

Just depends: There are a lot of options when discussing carotid artery disease. The treatment guidelines are very strict and are based on symptoms and the degree of narrowing found on tests. The options range from observation to placing a stent or surgery to remove the blockage. It is really hard to tell which one is the right treatment until evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meats, dairy, fats to as little as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What is the treatment for partially occluded carotid arteries, less than 50%, in a 54 year old female?

What is the treatment for partially occluded carotid arteries, less than 50%, in a 54 year old female?

Medical management: For most partial occlusions of the carotid arteries of <50%, aggressive medical management is usually all that is needed (i.e. No surgery.) this will include aggressive cholesterol control with LDL < 70 mg/dl and HDL > 45 mg/dl. In addition, blood pressure control with systolic < 130 mmhg and diastolic < 80 mmhg (<130/80). These are general recommendations; see your doctor for your specific case. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the carotid arteries of my husband to clear up from 100% blockage on one side without treatment?

Is it possible for the carotid arteries of my husband to clear up from 100% blockage on one side without treatment?

Not really: May develop some collateral vessels to help. Most likely he has an intact circle of willis and is getting flow from other side. Treatment will depend on what your husband and surgeon decide best meets his needs. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Check & optimize systolic BP to <120 mmHG sitting, relaxed
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Check & optimize body fat daily by weighing yourself nude, 1st thing AM
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Focus on high-fiber, low calorie foods to improve issues
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What is the treatment for carotid artery disease?

What is the treatment for carotid artery disease?

Endarterectomy: This is an operation that removes the plaque from the lumen of the artery. Traditionally this is the gold standard treatment for carotid disease. In some patients however that are high risk for surgery your doctor may recommend carotid stenting. Either way maximal medical management of peripheral vascular disease should be incorporated into the treatment paradigm. ...Read more

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Will carotid artery disease kill me if I don't get treatment?

Stroke: Stroke is the most common complication of carotid artery disease. Some strokes are not survivable. If you have carotid disease, there is a higher chance of coronary disease as well. Coronary disease often leads to heart attacks and sudden death. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

walking exercise if tolerated
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What is the treatment for carotid artery stenosis?

What is the treatment for  carotid artery stenosis?

See below: Carotid artery disease means that the carotid arteries have blockage, usually in the form of atherosclerosis. This can cause stroke. The more severe the blockage, the greater the risk in the absence of neurological symptoms, most cases can be handled with medicine and close periodic follow up by a vascular surgeon. However, if the blockage is more than 80%, surgery will reduce the risk of stroke. ...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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