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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Carotid Occlusion

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Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

No: That is a very tiny thyroid nodule and would not cause any symptoms and would not be able to be felt by yourself or on an exam. ...Read more

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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Yes: Tia's are short-lived, about 20-30- minutes and usually fully reverse. If not, it is a stroke with tissue damage, and then can be seen on an mri. The event heralds risk, and preventative treatment with an antiplatelet drug should be started. An embolism from say the heart or aorta, may need anti-coagulation. The greatest future risk of TIA is a stroke within one year. ...Read more

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My carotid has a 60% occlusion - when do I have to have a stent place in it?

Usually 70%: How did you find out that your artery is 60% occluded. Usually guidelines state that you do not need a stent placed until you are having symptoms (lightheadedness/dizziness, vision loss, etc) and it is 70% occluded. Depending on your situation, however, your primary doctor or cardiologist may have a different discussion with you. It is best to also get their opinion. Best wishes. ...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 a bruit be heard (louder?) rt carotid due to temp pressure (occlusion?) from head/neck positions (occupational)? (duplex sched)

Can a bruit be heard (louder?) rt carotid due to temp pressure (occlusion?) from head/neck positions (occupational)?  (duplex sched)

Bruit is turbulence: Bruit is due to turbulence, then anything that change smooth flow of blood in your carotid such as an atherosclerotic plaque which causes narrowing the carotid can cause bruit. Change in intensity of bruit might happen due to change in heart rate, and position of your body. By the way in somebody at your aga chance of real bruit due to carotid plaque is very low. ...Read more

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What is the treatment and prognosis for someone with a combination of carotid occlusion/stenosis and occlusion/stenosis of the basilar artery?

What is the treatment and prognosis for someone with a combination of carotid occlusion/stenosis and occlusion/stenosis of the basilar artery?

Depends: Artery disease in the neck vessels (carotid/basilar) is associated with risk for stroke. Your doc, vascular provider can best assess all the associated factors and give you a risk assessment. Treatments vary from medical management, nicotine cessation, stenting, surgery and combinations of them all. ...Read more

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Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion.Good Angiogram Clear Artery's,had Mitral Valve Repair.Is Aspirin necessary?Surgeon says not really, agree?

 Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion.Good Angiogram Clear Artery's,had Mitral Valve Repair.Is Aspirin necessary?Surgeon says not really, agree?

Yes: When you are told "clear arteries" by angiogram, I suspect the doctors means "no obstructive coronary artery disease". That is not the same as saying as you have pristine arteries. There is likely some intimal thickening and or mild cholesterol buildup at your age, therefore one baby asprin 81 mg is probably the best thing u can do for yourself to reduce your risk of stroke and/or heart attack. ...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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Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Yes: The most common side effect but should happen no more then 2% of the time. My stoke rate is <0.5%. ...Read more

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I always check the character of my carotid pulse these past days the pulse has become less evident whilst the BP is still normal what could cause this?

I always check the character of my carotid pulse these past days the pulse has become less evident whilst the BP is still normal what could cause this?

Unnecessary worries!: In a 22 year old, there should be zero concern about carotid pulse. So i would advise you to quit looking for problems that are not there and are entirely unrealistic. You can only generate anxiety by doing what you are doing. If are worried about your health, you can get an annual physical exam...Although it is not medically indicated at your age. ...Read more

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What causes dilated carotid arteries?

What causes dilated carotid arteries?

Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger on ultrasound. True enlarged carotid arteries should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Rare: Without question, this complication can occur but is exceedingly rare. It's important to have such studies at a center with extensive experience in ultrasound technique. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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What causes carotid artery stenosis?

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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How to deal with carotid neck pain caused by anxiety?

How to deal with carotid neck pain caused by anxiety?

Depends on: Depends on what kind of pain. It seems that you are describing pain in the lateral area of the neck, not actually in your carotid artery. I would recommend to be evaluated for medical therapy for anxiety and you may be a candidate for muscle relaxing medication like flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Other non-medical therapy can include massage therapy, neck exercises and possibly acupuncture ...Read more

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Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

No: A carotid bruit is a sign of turbulence in the carotid artery. This not typically associated with headache. A bruit should be followed up with an ultrasound as it could be a sign of significant carotid stenosis. ...Read more

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Occlusion (Definition)

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