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Dr. Timothy Wu answered:

Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

None

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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.
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What is the treatment for carotid artery disease?

Endarterectomy

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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.
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What is the treatment for carotid artery stenosis?

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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
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What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

Just depends

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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.
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Dr. Carlo M. Hatem answered:

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

Stroke

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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.
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What's the most natural treatment for carotid artery disease?

Vegan diet

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Vegan diet low in fat, cholesterol and concentrated sweets.
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Will carotid artery dissection kill me if I don't get treatment?

Certainly

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Carotid artery dissection, a tear in the inner lining of the artery wall, is a potentially life-threatening condition.
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What is the treatment for partially occluded carotid arteries, less than 50%, in a 54 year old female?

Medical management

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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.
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Dr. Matt Malkin answered:

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

Not really

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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.
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Can radiation therapy lead to carotid artery blockage?

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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.
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