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How 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
If my father just had a mild stroke, can he still have the operation to clear out his carotid artery?
I have a swishing in my carotid artery, had an ultrasound everything was clear is it possible that i just hear the blood flow but everything is fine?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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