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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?

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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What is siphon/antisiphon? Do all vp shunts have these?

What is siphon/antisiphon? Do all vp shunts have these?

Siphon / Anti-siphon: No, all shunts do not have anti-siphon valves and there still remains some controversy as to whether they make a difference. In theory as you rise from recumbent or seated positions the shunt will "siphon" because of the sudden pressure change with elevation. These devices are supposed to prevent that and thus avoid over shunting, ie, draining too much fluid with resulting disturbances. ...Read more

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Is there any condition known as to siphon air out of stomach area? Have lack of breath

Is there any condition known as to siphon air out of stomach area? Have lack of breath

A LOT POSSIBLE: There are many causes for shortness of breath as you describe but nothing really takes air out of you. Really need more information as it could be anxiety, panic, asthma, and lots of other things. So speak with your physician and have more details ready. ...Read more

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Does a CT show how much plaque is present in the carotid siphons? Or do I need to do further tests

Does a CT show how much plaque is present in the carotid siphons? Or do I need to do further tests

Usually: A contrast CT (CTA, CT angiogram) can be very helpful looking at the vessel and the walls for calcium or soft plaque. US is not very good up there due to the skull base. MRI does not see calcium well. ...Read more

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A recent CT head scan (no contrast) showed calcified carotid siphons, should I have further tests done?

Yes: If you have intracranial calcifIc arterial disease, you may also have extracranial calcific arterial disease. A carotid ultrasound would be a good idea. Also a cardiovascular calcium scan. If your brain arteries are looking bad, your heart arteries could also. ...Read more

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Hello I fell off my bike and had a CT scan. Everything was OK. However the scan showed I have calcification of the carotid siphons. Is this bad?

Explanation: This is the accidental findings that not correlated with any clinical symptoms, what happens in your case. No need further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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CT scan following Afib episode and due to migraine- showed no bleeds but calcified carotid siphons. next step? ultrasound? on Xarelto already. Thanks

CT scan following Afib episode and due to migraine- showed no bleeds but calcified carotid siphons. next step? ultrasound? on Xarelto already. Thanks

Yes probably: An ultrasound to check the carotids in the neck for stenosis. The carotid siphon is intracranial and won't be visualized by ultrasound. An MRA or CTA could visualize that region if needed. ...Read more

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What does carotid upstroke mean?

What does carotid upstroke mean?

Carotid: The pulse wave in the carotid has an upstroke and a down stroke. The up is the stroke volume filling the arteries, the down is the relaxation phase. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the new procedures for clogged carotids?

I was wondering what are the new procedures for clogged carotids?

Stents: Carotid stents are an option for treatment of carotid artery disease. As an interventional radiologist, I have been treating patients with carotid stents since 1999-2000. Make sure your doctor is well trained and has experience. ...Read more

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Do carotid stents cause strokes?

Do carotid stents cause strokes?

Possible: It is possible to develop a stroke during carotid stent placement (~ 4% in optimal patients). However the carotid stent is effective at preventing further strokes and that is why they are placed. At this point carotid stents are reserved for patients who are at high risk for open carotid endarterectomy (surgery). ...Read more

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