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Cartoid Artery Blockage
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
Somewhat unclear: Blockages in the carotid artery of a certain severity may increase one's risk of stroke. For those carotid arteries without a blockage, some physicians measure the intima (the inner-most lining of the artery) and derive a value called the imt, or intimal-medial thickness. It's supposed to help us determine severity of atherosclerosis, but this is somewhat controversial. ...Read more
Carotid blockage: If asymptomatic with use of proper medical therapy a moderate carotid blockage is fairly low risk. Many vascular surgeons would favor no intervention in this situation. If symptomatic, would recommend repair of this. Options include stenting or open surgery, carotid endarterectomy. Best data suggests that stenting over age 65 -70 has higher risk of stroke than endarterectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Excellent: Ultrasound duplex imaging of the cervical carotid arteries is very good at determining significant arterial narrowing. Changes in the flow patterns of the carotid arteries can also suggest disease in the internal carotid arteries further on in at the skull base even though the arteries themselves cannot be seen at that level. ...Read more
I have 69% blockage in the left carotid artery. I also have dizzy fainting spells. What should I do?
Be evaluated: A 69% carotid artery blockage on one side isn't enough to cause dizziness/ fainting spells. Is it low blood pressure, anemia, a middle ear problem? It's best to have your internist work through the possible causes. With regard to your cerebral circulation, it would be helpful to know how your vertebral arteries look. A simple ultrasound can evaluate these arteries which supply the balance center. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would an echocardiogram and stress test show if there was a blockage or problem in the carotid arteries?
Life expectancy: Life expectancy is multifactorial and thus with the little information provided, it's impossible to really discuss survival. But if your grandmother has carotid artery blockages and is having mini-strokes, she may be at high risk for an actual stroke if the blockages are not addressed. Please see a board-certified vascular surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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