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Doctor insights on: How To Clear Up Your Carotid Arteries

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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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Artery (Definition)

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


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

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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I got a CT scan and a sonogram a year ago for my arteries to heart and carotid arteries; both of them came clear. Could arteries have blockage one year later?

I got a CT scan and a sonogram a year ago for my arteries to heart and carotid arteries; both of them came clear. Could arteries have blockage one year later?

In the world of: Probabilities and medical statistics the answer is most probably no. If you review the pathophysiology of plague formation takes longer. Do not smoke, control your bp, exercise, control weight and stay away from saturated fats. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the carotid artery cleared at age 70?

Is it possible to have the carotid artery cleared at age 70?

Yes: Absolutely. In a functional 70 year old who is at risk for a stroke, carotid surgery is beneficial. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about carotid artery dissection. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

I read a blog post about carotid artery dissection. But i'm still not clear - what is it?

A tear: It is a tear in the wall of one of the arteries that transport blood to your brain. The layers of the wall separate and flap in the blood stream which may cause a cessation of blood supply to teh brain from that artery. ...Read more

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If my father just had a mild stroke, can he still have the operation to clear out his carotid artery?

If my father just had a mild stroke, can he still have the operation to clear out his carotid artery?

Yes: Yes, he can have a surgery if his carotid arteries are shown to be blocked. The operation is a carotid endarterectomy but is not offered if the carotid is 100% blocked. ...Read more

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Should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

It's personal: Every person should consider the risks and benefits of any procedure or surgery. When one is 87, one way to look at it is, what cause of death does one want to avoid the most. ...Read more

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Is it worth it for an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient to have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Is it worth it for an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient to have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

No 1 answer fits all: Every surgery has risks and benefits. Each specific person and their particular health history also bring benefits and risks to the discussion. Answering this question for any particular person is best done with honest open communication discussing all of the risks and benefits between the healthcare team and the person most effected. ...Read more

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Should an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient have thoracic surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Should an eighty-seven year old alzheimer's patient have thoracic surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

Only if symptomatic: Age or pre-existing conditions, outside of terminal disease, should not be a contraindication for intervention. Medical management is the primary treatment for carotid disease, followed by medical and interventional therapy. In an 87 year old, surgery would be preferred if indicated. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

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 ...Read more