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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Has mini strokes from scar tissue pressing against only carotid artery with a reenforced stent. 2 mini strokes been in bed since and vomiting 2 days.
Suggestions: Would not delay contact with a physician, as your history suggests potential risks which need attention. With your prior stroke events, I might be concerned of a further stroke in your brainstem, but the effect of your vomiting can increase intracranial pressure transiently, which might worsen all of the above. Contact your physician ASAP. ...Read more
Yes: It is not unusual to have headaches on the side of the stent soon after carotid stenting, especially if the carotid stenosis was high grade. These headaches usually resolve within days. Severe headache accompanied by hypertension in this setting can be worrisome and should be discussed with your doctor, as it can be a sign of reperfusion syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any alternative drug treatments to Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both Carotid Artery50%Blockages which don't cause adverse effects of GI Bleeding?
Not really: All medications used after an ischemic stroke (cholesterol plaque rupture causing an interruption in blood flow) are treated with blood thinners. Some people are more sensitive to certain ones, so if you've had a GI bleed while on Plavix (clopidogrel), (clopidogrel) then talk to your neurologist. Plavix (clopidogrel) is usually the best, but start with aspirin 182 mg daily. If you still have strokes, then Aggrenox is the next step up. ...Read more
Yes. Call Now!: Patients who have had carotid artery surgery definitely have a risk of stroke. The highest risk of stroke is during and immediately after the procedure and is generally quoted at about 2%. If you are experiencing any signs of stroke and have had recent carotid surgery call your surgeon immediately or go to the emergency room. Difficulty speaking or weakness on one side of the body would be the most common complaints. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On r side of neck i've what feels like very swollen tonsilar or corotid lymph node. It shrinks at night. Could it restrict blood flow & cause stroke?
Unlikely: If would be very unusual for a neck mass to get large enough to compress the main artery going through the neck and then lead to a stroke but having said that i would get the mass evaluate by a physician or ENT doctor to rule out any compression issues plus to make a diagnosis of what this mass might be. ...Read more
Steps of CAS: 1. Conscious sedation 2. Puncture radial or femoral artery 3. Placement of catheter into common carotid artery with angiogram 4. Placement of distal protection device or flow reversal device 5. Pre-dilatation of the stenosis with a small balloon 6. Stent placement 7. Post stent balloon angioplasty 8. Repeat common carotid angiogram 9. Removal of distal protection device or flow reversal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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