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What are symptoms of blocked carotid arteries?

What are symptoms of blocked carotid arteries?

Stroke: Dizziness, visual changes. See stroke. Org for more complete list. ...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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What symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

What symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

Risk of stroke: Carotid disease is a risk factor for stroke. Prior to a stroke, a patient may have transient ischemic attacks (tias), which are brief episodes of weakness or numbness on one side of the body, coordination or speech difficulties. A specific TIA attributable to carotid disease is a brief loss of vision in one eye called amaurosis fugax. Treatment of asymptomatic carotid disease is controversial. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dilation of carotid arteries?

What are the symptoms of dilation of carotid arteries?

Carotid arteries: Dilated arteries none good flow. Stenosis restricted flow stroke like event. ...Read more

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Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Very rarely, if ever.: Usual is amaurosis fugax, like a shade coming down over the vision of one eye only, but not both. An unusual variation is bright light amaurosis, brought on in one eye when in bright light, because the extra light puts more demand on the retina.The key in all vision changes with carotid disease is that it is monocular, a point missed by most practitioners. If a symptom affects both eyes, not carotid! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

Few: Abnormal pulsation in the neck, prominent visible structure in the neck, otherwise these aneurysms produce no symptoms. Rarely tia's or stroke sx are noted. ...Read more

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What are symptoms differences both common carotid arteries are compressed from that when both jugular veins are compressed?

One Hurts: When you compress both carotids, you only have two tiny arteries ("vertebrals") left supplying the whole brain. Ergo, you hit the ground unconscious. If the compression isn't relieved, you die fast. The veins are more compliant, but less redundant. Compression of the jugular leaves the brain with no backup drainage. You'll get a phenomenal headache as pressure builds up, then something will pop. ...Read more

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How different are symptoms when both common carotid arteries is compressed from that when both jugular veins are compressed?

How different are symptoms when both common carotid arteries is compressed from that when both jugular veins are compressed?

Ischemia or congesti: When compressing both carotid artery, the blood flow to brain will be cut down as ischemic condition as like fainting, dizzy or passing out. The both jugular vein compressing cause congestion of blood to brain may cause headache, nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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If your mother has 50% blocked Carotid Arteries at 75+ At what age should the Son or Daughter be checked (Screened)Are there symptoms to look out for?

If your mother has 50% blocked Carotid Arteries at 75+ At what age should the Son or Daughter be checked (Screened)Are there symptoms to look out for?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a systemic problem, I.e. High circulating levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposit in different vascular beds over time. In other words, more important for u to get a fasting lipid panel and treat your cholesterol aggressively rather than query about a point in time to check for occult carotid artery disease. Additionally if u are of south Asian descent, pls not LDL <100 mg/dl. ...Read more

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Anybody have pain behind right ear as a symptom of carotid artery disease?

Anybody have pain behind right ear as a symptom of carotid artery disease?

Very unusual: Typical carotid artery atherosclerotic disease causes stroke but no pain. In a the rare cases of carotid dissection patient can present with neck pain. ...Read more

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic... ...Read more

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I am having left carotid artery spasms. The spasms started about 6 weeks ago intermitant and now I am having 4 or more daily for 30 sec. Or more?

I am having left carotid artery spasms. The spasms started about 6 weeks ago intermitant and now I am having 4 or more daily for 30 sec. Or more?

Spasm?: I am not clear as to what you mean by "spasm". If you are having muscular pain or spasms in your neck, this is not related to your carotid artery and is not an emergency. See your family doctor if that is the case.
If you are having transient ischemic attacks (tias), you need to go to the emergency room. ...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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My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about, although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction.
Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you.
And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more

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My internal carotid artery spasms at siphon causing me to have tia's. Is there a way to stop the spasms, which will stop the tia's. I can have 5 a day?

Carotid arteries: This seems a worrisome issue. How was it determined specifically? Please discuss this fully with your physicin or consult a vascular specialist. ...Read more

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I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb?

I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb?

Don't settle for it: You declare being a hypochondriac as if that's been settled. Please don't accept a lifetime of it. It will be costly in many ways. Seek psychotherapy to learn how to think differently and meet your needs and hopes in better ways. Find someone you trust. Best! ...Read more

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My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me?

My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me?

Aneurysm doubtful: An aneurysm is very unlikely. You may have an inflammatory condition or vasculitis. Generally, arteries don't hurt unless inflamed. An ultrasound would be the first step. Make an appointment with a vascular surgeon, but, you will not likely need surgery. ...Read more

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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

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

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