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I had a stroke and both arteries in my neck are blocked. What are my treatment options?

I had a stroke and both arteries in my neck are blocked. What are my treatment options?

Medication: Mledications to keep platelets from clumping may help. Also ensure that the arteries are completely blocked (if there is even a slight opening, surgery/stenting may be possible (but not if they are completely blocked). It may be worthwhile to discuss (somewhat controversial) surgical options like eca-ica bypass with your physician if there are complete blockages of both ica arteries. ...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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Do all artery dissections in neck result in stroke? how likely is it to end up in stroke? Is it possible for CAD to heal alone without treatment?

Do all artery dissections in neck result in stroke? how likely is it to end up in stroke? Is it possible for CAD to heal alone without treatment?

Circumstances: Artery dissections in the neck may occur due to hypertension and atherosclerosis but also secondary to trauma. A stroke is just one of the possible outcomes along with rupture, aneurysm formation, stenosis, and complete occlusion. Occlusion may cause a stroke but not always if your collateral circulation is adequate. The healing of atherosclerosis is controversial. Diet and exercise cut risk ...Read more

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My dad has a blocked arterie in his neck they will not do surgery what else can he do? He is in good health but he is worried about a stroke. He is 81

My dad has a blocked arterie in his neck they will not do surgery what else can he do? He is in good health but he is worried about a stroke. He is 81

Complicated: Medical management is most often Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) and cholesterol lowering drugs. Surgery or less commonly stenting is controversial and typically not recommended for a narrowing less than 75%. ...Read more

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After ultrasounds, my son's doctor told him he has thickening of the artery in his neck. How serious is this? What treatment is she likely to suggest for this conditions? She is not seeing him again until may and I am concerned that she is not seeing hi

After ultrasounds, my son's doctor told him he has thickening of the artery in his neck.  How serious is this? What treatment is she likely to suggest for this conditions?  She is not seeing him again until may and I am concerned that she is not seeing hi

In : In order to better answer your question, how old is your son? Is he a smoker? Does he suffer from high blood pressure? Has he ever had a stroke? Does he have heart disease? Ultrasounds over the last few years have gotten exceedingly good at being able to pick up mild abnormalities in blood vessels; sometimes these findings mean little and sometimes they have significance. Did the doctor indicate that there was a narrowing of his arteries? If that is the case, just like the previous answer, it may make a difference as to how narrow things are and whether or not he is having symptoms. It is not unreasonable to follow these findings with ultrasounds at 6 months or even a year, but it all depends upon how severe the narrowing is upon it being first discovered. ...Read more

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I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

I have pain in left artery in neck, have had problems with heart palpitations also and feeling dizzy. What is causing this & any treatment available?

Tough to say: Over the computer is is tough to say, but with any heart palpitations and dizziness you need to be evaluated and properly diagnosed to assure at the least that you have no abnormal heart issues causing your symptoms. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a small swelling on the right side of my neck near the carotid artery and I have already had one stroke and surgery. It's not a hard knot?

I have a small swelling on the right side of my neck near the carotid artery and I have already had one stroke and surgery. It's not a hard knot?

Go see ur Family Doc: That small swelling on side of your neck could be caused by infection, swollen gland, cancer, scar, reaction to suture material, etc. Bottom line, rather than speculate, go see your Family Doc for examination. Also work w/your doc to optimize stroke risk factors, eg atrial fibrillation, blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar etc, to prevent 2nd one. And learn FAST acronym: http://goo.gl/2Q7GKE ...Read more

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I have clogged arteries toward the neck, doctor said if i get surgery, its a 40% chance no stroke, what to do?

?carotid stenosis: If you possess 60-90% obstruction of your carotid arteries on one or both sides, surgery may be protective, but medication may be an alternative approach in some cases. Your words convey lack of confidence, so, seek out a second opinion with an experienced vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more