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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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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Carotid Artery Stenosis (Definition)

Carotid artery stenosis 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 ...Read more


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Who gets carotid artery stenosis?

Who gets carotid artery stenosis?

Elderly Hypertensive: Carotid stenosis usually occurs secondary to longstanding atherosclerosis. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. It takes time for atherosclerotic plaques to develop, so most patients with carotid artery stenosis are older adults. ...Read more

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Are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

Yes: Patient with carotid stenosis should be on anti platelet medicine like Aspirin or Plavix , also if tolerated, must be on a statin( cholesterol lowering medicine) like Lipitor (atorvastatin) to stabilize atherosclerotic plaque and prevent its progression to worse stenosis. In cases of symptomatic carotid stenosis above 50% then surgery is better than just medical treatment. ...Read more

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What is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

2 things: Carotid artery stenosis means narrowing of the artery. Stroke is death or damage to brain due to circulatory issues. Many strokes (approx 1/3rd) are due to carotid artery disease. Although frequently connected, they are not the same. Many strokes occur without carotid stenosis. Many carotids are completely occluded (slowly) without resultant strokes. ...Read more

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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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Please tell me, are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

Please tell me, are there meds for carotid artery stenosis?

Yes: You should be on an Aspirin and a statin. Both lower your risk of a stroke, but neither will make the carotid stenosis go away. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carotid artery stenosis?

What is the definition or description of: carotid artery stenosis?

Artery blockage: Carotid artery stenosis 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 stroke risk. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Could you explain what is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

Narrowing: Carotid stenosis means narrowing of the carotid artery. This can cause decreased blood flow to the brain and result in a stroke. Plaque build up at the site of narrowing can also cause plaque pieces flow up to the brain and cause stroke. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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