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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could  blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Definately: Amarosis fugax, or "fleeting blindness" is described as a curtain coming down over your eye -- this is a classic presentation of carotid artery disease. You should see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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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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Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Could blocked carotid arteries impair vision?

Yes: It can cause a field cut (homonymous hemianopsia) in which vision is lost in the same area of the field in both eyes often described as "shade coming down"; it can also cause sudden blindness in one eye (retinal embolism). ...Read more

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What is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

What is carotid artery stenosis and stroke?

2 things: Carotid artery stenosis means narrowing of the artery. Stroke is death or damage to brain due to circulatory issues. Many strokes (approx 1/3rd) are due to carotid artery disease. Although frequently connected, they are not the same. Many strokes occur without carotid stenosis. Many carotids are completely occluded (slowly) without resultant strokes. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy lead to carotid artery blockage?

Can radiation therapy lead to carotid artery blockage?

I do not agree: Radiation to the head and neck area could potentially increase the risk for carotid artery disease years after the treatment. I routinely discuss this risk with my patients whom are being treated for a head and neck cancer. Unfortunately, the treatment with radiation is necessary for their disease so the risk of treatment is outweighed by the benfits. ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really : Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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Can carotid artery dissection be cured?

Yes: The vast majority of carotid dissections will heal in their own. The dissection should be followed with ultrasound to monitor the vessel for development of pseudo aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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Is surgery for blocked carotid artery dangerous?

Is surgery for blocked carotid artery dangerous?

Carotid surgery: Carotid surgery should be done when risk of not doing so higher. Stroke risk lowest for asymptomatic stenosis, higher in those with TIAs and yet higher with prior stroke. Risk of MI can be higher than stroke risk. Slight risk of bleeding, real but low risk cranial nerve injury, low risk of surgically significant carotid renarrowing. Generally stroke risk lower for surgery, MI risk lower for stent. ...Read more

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How risky is clogged neck artery surgery?

How risky is clogged neck artery surgery?

Not very.: Carotid endarterectomy, in qualified hands, should be problem free over 94% of the time. In some patients, the risk is even lower. Usually, the cea operation is recommended when the risk of not doing it is higher. Surgery is far and away the safest option; complication rates are higher with other techniques. ...Read more

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Blocked artery in neck caused by radiation?

Blocked artery in neck caused by radiation?

Carotid stenosis: Exposure to radiation, usually in the treatment of cancer, is a known cause of stenosis. It doesn't occur in all cases but it can occur. ...Read more

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What treatment for occluded left vertebral artery ?

See your doctor: The treatment options for occluded vertebral arteries are not as well defined as those for carotid artery stenosis. That said, there is a possibility of vertebral artery angioplasty, but your doctor will better be able to assess the risks and benefits after determining the degree of occlusion of the artery. ...Read more

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What treatment for occluded left vertebral artery in the brain?

What treatment for occluded left vertebral artery  in the brain?

Antiplatelet meds: First, why is artery occluded? Could be due to local thrombosis, but could also be due to traumatic or spontaneous dissection. Secondly, are there risks for stoke such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol/triglycerides, high homocysteine? Talk with your doctor re prevention, perhaps clopidogrel, aggrenox. Many areas need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

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Can heart massage therapy help open blocked arteries?

No, sorry...: The best approach to blocked arteries is prevention & picking your parents carefully. Failing that, aggressive lifestyle changes and judicious use of appropriate medications to achieve targets based on compelling objective clinical trials data are your next best option. If significantly blocked arteries remain, then angioplasty ± stents, or bypass surgery. Massage rx will not open blockages. ...Read more

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What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

What technology can detect blocked coronary arteries?

Cardiac Cath: Still today, the most reliable means of demonstrating "blocked" arteries is cardiac catheterization otherwise known as angiography. Ct scan angiography when done in good hands and experienced centers, is also a reliable test, and if negative, makes it very unlikely that the person has significant disease. ...Read more

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Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

Treatment for bilateral carotid artery calcifications?

None: Calcification of any artery, by itself, does not warrant any type of intervention or follow up. If that calcification is associated with a stenosis ("narrowing") of the artery, then that may require follow up and/or an operation. The carotid arteries are very often calcified and if associated with a high grade stenosis, may portend a higher risk of stroke. Discuss with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is 700/0 carotid artery narrowing a TIA symtom?

Is 700/0 carotid artery narrowing a TIA symtom?

Not clear: Your question is not clear. Please reframe the question to get correct answer. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Common symptoms of clogged brain arteries?

Stroke: Obstructed blood vessels in brain can result in transient visual loss, numbness, weakness, dizziness, etc, but if the vessel is obstructed, a permanent problem can occur, and this is a stroke. If this is your problem symptom complex, see a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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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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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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Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Neck pain: certainly this could be a concern, with possible carotid artery dissection. I would recommend a carotid duplex evaluation to evaluate the situation. ...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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Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

See Neurologist: If you get vertigo, nausea, vomiting, or faintness by your head being in different positions then, you need a neurologist for a workup and plan to approach patient with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedist as necessary. I believe chances are extremely low for a stroke from what you've described, however, your neurologist can better answer that question. Write me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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If stroke was being caused by cervical artery dissection, would there be any changes seen on a HEAD MRI and MRV? Or would neck have to be scanned?

If stroke was being caused by cervical artery dissection, would there be any changes seen on a HEAD MRI and MRV? Or would neck have to be scanned?

Yes,: since a stroke results in ischemic damage to the brain, it will show up on the head MRI. A carotid dissection would likely require the neck to be scanned for diagnosis. ...Read more

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If stroke like symptoms were caused by cervical artery dissection, would this show up in MRV and MRI of brain. Or only a scan of neck?

If stroke like symptoms were caused by cervical artery dissection, would this show up in MRV and MRI of brain. Or only a scan of neck?

Depends on timing: A CT or MRI can detect changes of edema (fluid) due to cell death within the brain. Often by the time these changes are seen, it is late in the process. Also this would tell us the arterial territory involved, but not that it is a result of dissection. Emboli or thrombus of an artery are more common causes of stroke. A carotid dissection is less common, though more common in vertebral artery. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a 'bruit' be detected in the neck arterey cause a stroke?

Is it possible that a 'bruit' be detected in the neck arterey cause a stroke?

Yes, can happen: If the bruit is secondary to carotid stenosis, there is a very high risk of stroke, and this needs to be addressed without delay. ...Read more

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My dad has had a stroke. He has 100%blockage in one artery and 90% percent blockage in the other. Are there any non-surgical treatmet that can be done?

My dad has had a stroke. He has 100%blockage in one artery and 90% percent blockage in the other. Are there any non-surgical treatmet that can be done?

Patients : With high grade blockage of one carotid artery, with occlusion of the other carotid artery, can be safely treated with a carotid artery stent with distal protection. Look at sirweb.Org doctor finder for an interventional radiologist in your area. Vascular surgeons and cardiologists can do this procedure also. It is important to get someone with experience, so risk of stroke decreased. ...Read more

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Is going to a chiropractor for adjustments dangerous? My chiro days he dies gentle adjustments but I read u can risk stroke, the treatments have helped my neck pain greatly though

Is going to a chiropractor for adjustments dangerous? My chiro days he dies gentle adjustments but I read u can risk stroke, the treatments have helped my neck pain greatly though

No: Chiropractic medical treatment can be very beneficial. It is very effective in conservative treatment of facet sydrome. Studies have shown that short term treatment to as effective & in some cases more effective than physical therapy for back pain. If there is disc herniation with compression of a nerve root, then adjustments may be counter intuitive. ...Read more

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A muscle mass at the back of the neck is this signs of arterial blockage or stroke?Been to cardio and rehabilitation all say it was normal

A muscle mass at the back of the neck is  this signs of arterial blockage or stroke?Been to cardio and rehabilitation all say it was normal

Not vascular: The mass you describe may be the soft tissue overlying the c7 spinous process (vertebra prominens). Many people have a hump there (in the midline). Blood vessels run in the anterior neck, and blockage/stroke risk etc will not present as back of neck mass. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

What are the treatment options for blocked carotid arteries?

Just depends: There are a lot of options when discussing carotid artery disease. The treatment guidelines are very strict and are based on symptoms and the degree of narrowing found on tests. The options range from observation to placing a stent or surgery to remove the blockage. It is really hard to tell which one is the right treatment until evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a blood clot in mid brain and a blocked artery?

What is the treatment for a blood clot in mid brain and a blocked artery?

Depends on timing : If this stroke patient has no bleeding and got to the hospital early enough , then the patient may benefit from thrombolytic treatment as long as no contraindication for the lytics. If you are asking about blocked carotid artery then if stenosis is above 50% and is the source of clot (although unusual for midbrain) then surgery or stent ...Read more