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My brother has carotid artery dissection. Is that something important?

My brother has carotid artery dissection. Is that something important?

Yes: This is typically a self limited event that is triggered by hypertension or an injury to the neck. He should be followed by a vascular surgeon that will be able to guide him through the treatment options. He will likely only need ultrasound follow up for this along with blood pressure control. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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Is it possible that atherectomy open a totally occluded leg artery or just a leg artery that has narrowed considerably?

Is it possible that atherectomy open a totally occluded leg artery or just a leg artery that has narrowed considerably?

100% Vs : If totally occluded (100% blocked) and it's chronic it can't be opened. If it's 99% blocked and a guide wire can be placed across the blockage, it may be possible to open the artery using angioplasty or atherectomy. If the vessel can't be approached or is too tortuous or peripheral intervention, it may be possible to bypass it with open surgery. ...Read more

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Should my mom have carotid artery stenting done? Is this a high risk procedure?

Should my mom have carotid artery stenting done? Is this a high risk procedure?

Talk to: Neurologist first. Will help you decide if medical or surgical treatment needed. The neurologist knows who has good outcomes. As an interventional radiologist, i perform carotid stents several times a week and have very low stroke rate. Need someone with experience. See sirweb.Com for more info. ...Read more

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My father is 80 years old. He has a carotid artery that a screening has shown to be 90% blocked. Should he consider surgery?

My father is 80 years old. He has a carotid artery that a screening has shown to be 90% blocked. Should he consider surgery?

Benefits vs Risks: Generally any blockage greater than 70% or those with symptoms of carotid artery disease should be surgically repaired. However given your father's age any pre-existing medical problems should be taken into account prior to surgical intervention. A vascular surgeon and your father's primary physician can collaboratively decide if the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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My father has cerebral aneurysm. What is it in a nutshell?

My father has cerebral aneurysm. What is it in a nutshell?

Blister: Weak spot in vessel where a blister forms. This is called an aneurysm. Often treated with coil embolization or surgical clipping. Can be life threatening. Needs to be followed with cta or mra. ...Read more

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My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

Yes very important: Your brother will have progressive mental deterioration over the next 2-10 years depending on the stage of dementia. Visiting your brother routinely will help him with joy and pride but it will sadden on your heart because you have a very special connection with him. If you go to www.Alz.Org there are places where you can involve support group and chat with friends. ...Read more

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My 3-year-old brother has a bicuspid aortic valve. Is this something serious?

Maybe: The bicuspid aortic valve means it has 2 leaflets instead of three. Tis may not ever cause a problem. It can be hereditary. A cardiologist usually follows up on the condition. Aortic regurgitation can occur. Surgery is only sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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If grandma has heart disease and has mini strokes, must we rule out a carotid artery blockage?

If grandma has heart disease and has mini strokes, must we rule out a carotid artery blockage?

Yes: The common causes of stroke are narrowings in the carotid arteries, tiny clots arising from the heart or fragments of plaque from the aorta. Carotid artery blockages can often be treated with stents or with surgery, reducing the risk of major stroke in the ruture. ...Read more

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My daughter has a heart conditions were her inferior vena cava & aorta is joined before entering the heart, is it possible for operation?

Yes: I think you are probably speaking of truncus arteriosus, but I am unclear by your description. Surgery is needed to close the VSD and to add another tube to act as the second artery. ...Read more

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My child has been referred to a neurosurgeon due to a narrow carotid artery in the neck. Why is that?

My child has been referred to a neurosurgeon due to a narrow carotid artery in the neck. Why is that?

Carotid artery: The carotid artery is one of the main suppliers of blood to the brain and narrowing within this vessel is a major cause of stroke in the us. Narrowing is often found in older adults and a result of atherosclerosis, but in children the cause is commonly fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment depends on whether your child has had stroke-like symptoms. Vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons can treat fmd. ...Read more

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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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My son has blood around the heart. Is that something serious?

My son has blood around the heart. Is that something serious?

Yes: You need to have your son checked to find out why and how did the blood gain access to the area around his heart. After heart surgery it is not uncommon to have some blood accumulate around the heart but under normal circumstances it is not. Other possibilities could include trauma, infection, rheumatic disease and malignancies among others. Have him checked. ...Read more

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My brother has inflammation of the heart. Is that something important?

My brother has inflammation of the heart. Is that something important?

Need specifics: That's a very general description with commensurately wide implications. This could be myocarditis (muscle), pericarditis (heart sac), endocarditis (heart valves or tissue), and due to infections (viral or bacterial or more unusual organisms) or rheumatologic conditions or due to adverse medication effects. The point is that the exact diagnosis and cause are important to sort out importance. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 80 year old mom has calcification of the aorta is that dangerous?

Should i be concerned if my 80 year old mom has calcification of the aorta is that dangerous?

Most people over 80: Have some degree of "hardening" of the arteries! her pcp can help determine whether or not hers might be dangerous. ...Read more

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My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

My brother has thyroid cancer. Is that something important?

It could be: Different types of thyroid cancer-but generally divided into 2 group-well differentiated and undifferentiated. Papillary cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer.Treatment is a surgery to remove thyroid and evaluation to the adjacent lymph nodes. Post surgery radioiodine therapy is given ( to the well diffif) if there is residual disease, +lymph nodes, spreading. Read more-www.Nccn.Com. ...Read more

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In a recent exam my mom discovered that, she don't have the posterior cerebral artery. Is this normal?

In a recent exam my mom discovered that, she don't have the posterior cerebral artery. Is this normal?

There are 2.: Normally there are 2 posterior cerebral arteries. If one or both are missing it is abnormal. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Carotid Artery Dissection (Definition)

Tear or disruption between the three layers of the artery wall which start at one location and can extend , enlarge, forms clots with embolization or thrombose and occlude the artery, in rare cases it can rupture but not typically in the carotids . The major problem in ...Read more


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