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Can carotid artery stenosis cause increased brain pressure if left untreated?

Can carotid artery stenosis cause increased brain pressure if left untreated?

No: No. Carotid stenosis is the blockage of blood flow to the brain which significantly increases the risk of stroke. A blockage in the carotid artery would more likely decrease blood flow/pressure in the brain. ...Read more

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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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Should the pressure in the carotid arteries on the right side be roughly the same as on the left side? Right side pulse is weak. What could cause this

Should the pressure in the carotid arteries on the right side be roughly the same as on the left side? Right side pulse is weak. What could cause this

Arteries: Yes, the pressure or strength of the pulsation in each carotid artery should be the same unless there is a blockage reducing the pressure in the one with a weak pulsation. However this would be unusual in your age bracket. If you have further concerns have your physician examine and advise you. ...Read more

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What does a strong pulse in the Carotid arteries mean? What does a weak mean? Does high blood pressure cause strong or weak pulse?

What does a strong pulse in the Carotid arteries mean? What does a weak mean? Does high blood pressure cause strong or weak pulse?

Strong VS Weak Pulse: In my experience, patients usually cannot adequately evaluate there pulses. In the carotid area I would suggest getting a carotid ultrasound. .. if all is ok things are OK. Your blood pressure is another matter and is easily checked by yourself or even at a drug store with the machine there. ...Read more

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Will compressing (blocking) both the left and right common carotid arteries for a sufficient period of time lead to complete brain death?

Will compressing (blocking) both the left and right common carotid arteries for a sufficient period of time lead to complete brain death?

Yes.: Your brain is always active and requires a great deal of oxygen to function. Complete occlusion of both carotid arteries would compromise blood flow to most of the brain and could cause a hypoxic brain injury or death. ...Read more

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Why compressing both left and right common carotid arteries leads to brain death when vertebral arteries (and also circle of willis) still supply.

Why compressing both left and right common carotid arteries leads to brain death when vertebral arteries (and also circle of willis) still supply.

Carotid occlusion: The vertebral arteries are not enough to sustain the entire blood brain perfusion. They contribute to the anterior circulation by means of the posterior communicating arteries. There are common anatomical variants and in some cases these arteries are not patent or existent. The situation you describe may and most likely cause a massive brain infarction with subsequent brain herniation/death. ...Read more

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Could blocking only one of the left and right common carotid arteries lead to complete brain death?

Could blocking only one of the left and right common carotid arteries lead to complete brain death?

Unlikely: The blood flow to the brain comes from anterior circulation, the carotids, and posterior, the basilar branching into the 2 vertebrals. Complete unilateral carotid thrombosis could cause a significant stroke but the collateral circulation could mitigate the damage, and preserve substantial function. ...Read more

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How near to my pituitary tumour is my carotid artery in my brain? Would the coiling procedure have affected my tumour had visual disturbances since op

How near to my pituitary tumour is my carotid artery in my brain? Would the coiling procedure have affected my tumour had visual disturbances since op

Not far: The internal carotid artery is not far from the pituitary fossa and ophthalmic artery is one of the branches that comes off of it. All taking place near by to the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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Left internal carotid artery blocked yet there is no brain damage. How is this possible?

Left internal carotid artery blocked yet there is no brain damage. How is this possible?

Blood flow: To your brain is passing through collateral vessels. Wiki circle of willis. ...Read more

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Is there any blocked arteries in the brain like a carotid artery that would show on ct?

Yes: Cta is a good test to evaluate the vessels of the neck and brain. You can have blockages in the vessels inside your head. ...Read more

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What is the cause of dilated carotid artery and dizziness?

What is the cause of dilated carotid artery and dizziness?

Unknown: Causes for carotid ectasia or aneurysms are not known. There are so many causes of dizziness. You need work-up. It is difficult to enumerate in this limited space. ...Read more

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Can anything to do witg the carotid artery cause neck swelling and facial swelling on the left side?

Not likely: It's more likely to be from a dental abscess, or blocked vs infected parotid gland. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

POLYDYPSIA: Drinking water is pointless, misguided and may land you in trouble if vastly excessive over o long time. POTS responds to restoration of resting vagal tone attained by cardiovascular training it is largely reflective of physiologic deconditioning. ...Read more

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What can cause anterior neck pain that comes and goes? Occurs on both sides of windpipe, near carotid arteries. Been happening for 6 months.

See doc: There is no way to tell what the problem may be without a direct inspection and examination of the area involved. If this has been present for 6 months, it is high time you consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been troubled by ongoing vertigo, and I also have very high cholesterol, is it possible for blocked carotid arteries to cause dizziness?

Not usually: If you have carotid occlusive disease (carotid stenosis) it can increase risk of mini-strokes (tias) and stroke but not general just vertigo. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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What causes carotid artery stenosis?

What causes carotid artery stenosis?

Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

Neck lump: Could be a swollen lymph node from throat infection or mass in neck/upper chest or could be infected cyst or abscess. Would follow up with doc ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

See ENT: This is not a forum to diagnose your problem. There are numerous possible causes. See your PCP or an ENT Specialist NOW. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Nerve pain: Cannot imagine that pain goes through an artery, though nerves do travel in similar paths. Possibly a trapped nerve in your upper back is causing the shooting pain. Seek pain management advice, or neurology. My be that a steroid injection (seek a physician who is comfortable with neck injections - not all are) would help, or you may need surgery as a last resort. An MRI may be in your future.. ...Read more

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Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...Read more

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I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

More of a vein prob: The artery takes blood from the heart to the brain, the veins drain the blood from the brain back to the heart. If there is something blocking the return flow (the vein) then the increased pressure in the vein makes some fluid leak into the surrounding tissues. Also, the lymph channels drain down and those can get blocked and cause swelling. Many things can cause this, be sure to get all the tests. ...Read more

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Can you fly if you have a carotid artery blockage, or is the cabin pressure and altiude too much that it can cause it to dislodge and cause a stroke?

Can you fly if you have a carotid artery blockage, or is the cabin pressure and altiude too much that it can cause it to dislodge and cause a stroke?

Depends: I would suggest discussing this with your neurologist. It likely depends on the size of the carotid blockage and any other flow you may have from other blood vessels. It is probably okay if you have not been operated on yet because if your blockage was really bad you would have had it operated on already. ...Read more

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Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Can past vad - vertebral arterty dissection cause stenosis or a bruit in the carotid artery? Or any other stress to local arteries? What is the path?

Not usually: A bad trauma can cause dissection of vertebral and carotid arteries at the same time but rare. Carotid bruit can indicate a stenosis which is usually atherosclerosis. Fibromuscular dysplasia can cause narrowing. Fmd is usually in women. Fmd can affect the vertebral arteries and the carotid arteries. Fmd can cause dissection in vertebral and carotid arteries. ...Read more

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What causes dilated carotid arteries?

Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger on ultrasound. True enlarged carotid arteries should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area. It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse. One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

Carotid disease: If angiogram was "fine" then you must not have any. The best way is to get a piece of the blockage in the carotid and look at it under a microscope. Most common cause would be vascular damage (rust) from smoking, high blood pressure, high lipids or old trauma. Happy to do 2nd Opinion to help narrow this down in you. ...Read more

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