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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 are the carotid arteries?

What are the carotid arteries?

Carotic Arteries: The human carotid arteries supply the head and the neck with oxygenated blood. The left common carotid artery originates from the aorta and the right common carotid originates from the brachiocephalic artery which originates from the aorta. The carotic artery divides in the neck to form the internal and external carotic arteries. ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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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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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

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

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What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

Arteries to head: 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 blood to the brain. ...Read more

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Are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

Are there some effective ways to clear up your carotid arteries?

Surgery or stents: For blockages serious enough to require treatment, there are two options. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgery where the arteries are opened sugically and cleaned out. For some people, stenting is an option. Similar to heart stents, a small tube is inserted like an IV and a small metal coil is released in the area of the blockage, thereby holding the vessel open. ...Read more

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If your internal carotid arteries are normal wouldn't the external ones be normal as well?

If your internal carotid arteries are normal wouldn't the external ones be normal as well?

No certainty & be: Aware that only the opening is usually evaluated by ultrasound or angiography. While relevant for blood flow (at the moment), atherosclerosis is in the walls, does not produce narrowing & plaque ruptures leading to clot promoting debris shedding into the blood stream & clots are what creates strokes, not narrowing. Study: http://goo. Gl/aRhOU2, the image & my answers on healthtap for understanding. ...Read more

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I was told I have small hemogen plaques in my carotid. I'm 41. What age do plaques begin to show up in arteries.?

I was told I have small hemogen plaques in my carotid. I'm 41. What age do plaques begin to show up in arteries.?

Lifestyle choices: Plaques
form in the carotid in the following manner. Fatty streaks appear, followed by formation of atherosclerosis (Cholesterol plaques). These plaques can then rupture leading to stroke and other disease. Fatty streaks have been routinely found in the autopsies of young soldiers, plaques later. To slow progression you should watch your BP, stay active, and have your cholesterol checked. ...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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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really: Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external (face) and internal (brain) components.
It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke.
Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99%
there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a blocked carotid artery?

Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries. ...Read more

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Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

No: A dowager's hump will not affect carotid artery flow. Disease in the carotid artery will affect flow. ...Read more

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Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Yes: As we age there is some thickening of the wall-intima.
But it is a sign of potential atherosclerosis, and risk factor change is encouraged.
Stop smoking
check blood pressure
aha diet or weight control
appropriate cardiovascular exercise
etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure I recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Variable: Can be many results including: nothing, blood accumulation in the neck, ecchymosis (black and blue mark), hematoma (firm mass of blood), or, in the worse case, a stroke. ...Read more

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What happens to people when they have only one carotid artery?

Depends: Many people can either block one carotid, or have one carotid occluded surgically (ie for trauma or ecmo) and go on to live normal lives and never know. Likewise, some people can have devastating strokes from it. ...Read more

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How is it that my carotid artery might hurt and how do I fix it?

How is it that my carotid artery might hurt and how do I fix it?

Carotid Pain: Carotid artery pain is also called carotodynia. This is caused by inflammation of the arterial bulb, where the internal and external arteries divide from the common carotid artery. I recommend large doses of nsaids, such as Ibuprofen 800 mg three times / day for fourteen days. Prednisone is also generally very effective, but is used only if nsaids don't work. See your primary care healthcare provi. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

"Nicked": "nicked" is a word some physicians use to describe an unintentional injury caused in the process of providing medical care by a trained person. Depending on the extent of the injury to the carotid artery, the consequences can range from nothing to causing a stroke. This would be really unfortunate, but these things can and do happen with some regularity. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going!

If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes. ...Read more

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Can you be saved if you sever your carotid artery? It's for a story.

Can you be saved if you sever your carotid artery? It's for a story.

Yes: Depends on the situation and the degree of injury. It's unlikely an open stab wound that severs the artery in half could be saved just because of the logistics of getting the person to surgery in time. If the wound is closed (like the skin) tampanode can slow the bleeding enough to give the patient more time survive until surgery. ...Read more

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Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous. ...Read more

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How deep would one have to stab themselves to severe their carotid artery?

You: Need too speak with someone about your thoughts to hurt yourself reach out to family or friends stay calm if you need us we are here ...Read more