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Doctor insights on: Carotid Artery Occlusion Syndrome

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Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

No: That is a very tiny thyroid nodule and would not cause any symptoms and would not be able to be felt by yourself or on an exam. ...Read more

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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion.Good Angiogram Clear Artery's,had Mitral Valve Repair.Is Aspirin necessary?Surgeon says not really, agree?

 Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion.Good Angiogram Clear Artery's,had Mitral Valve Repair.Is Aspirin necessary?Surgeon says not really, agree?

Yes: When you are told "clear arteries" by angiogram, I suspect the doctors means "no obstructive coronary artery disease". That is not the same as saying as you have pristine arteries. There is likely some intimal thickening and or mild cholesterol buildup at your age, therefore one baby asprin 81 mg is probably the best thing u can do for yourself to reduce your risk of stroke and/or heart attack. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going! If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes. ...Read more

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Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Yes: Tia's are short-lived, about 20-30- minutes and usually fully reverse. If not, it is a stroke with tissue damage, and then can be seen on an mri. The event heralds risk, and preventative treatment with an antiplatelet drug should be started. An embolism from say the heart or aorta, may need anti-coagulation. The greatest future risk of TIA is a stroke within one year. ...Read more

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Can playing with the carotid arteries by compressing them at the carotid sinus(for the fun of the feeling) lead to carotid sinus sensitivity syndrome?

Not sure: I am not aware that gentle pressure on the carotid arteries causes any problems unless there is underlying disease like carotid hypersensitivity, or plaque. However recurrent forceful pressure can cause trauma to the arteries and cause a multitude of problems. It is better and safer to check the radial pulse in your wrist. You should not compress both carotids at the same time! ...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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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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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


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