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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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If your mother has 50% blocked Carotid Arteries at 75+ At what age should the Son or Daughter be checked (Screened)Are there symptoms to look out for?

If your mother has 50% blocked Carotid
Arteries at 75+ At what age should the Son or Daughter be checked (Screened)Are there symptoms to look out for?

Atherosclerosis : Atherosclerosis is a systemic problem, I.e. High circulating levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposit in different vascular beds over time. In other words, more important for u to get a fasting lipid panel and treat your cholesterol aggressively rather than query about a point in time to check for occult carotid artery disease. Additionally if u are of south Asian descent, pls not LDL <100 mg/dl. ...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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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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Can carotid arteries be replaced if they are too blocked for carotid end-arterectomy?

Can carotid arteries be replaced if they are too blocked for carotid end-arterectomy?

No: If you have a complete blockage of the carotid artery, then no treatment is advised. If blockage is severe, carotid endarterectomy or stenting can be done. The degree of blockage and presence of symptoms determine the need for intervention. ...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 symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

Risk of stroke: Carotid disease is a risk factor for stroke. Prior to a stroke, a patient may have transient ischemic attacks (tias), which are brief episodes of weakness or numbness on one side of the body, coordination or speech difficulties. A specific TIA attributable to carotid disease is a brief loss of vision in one eye called amaurosis fugax. Treatment of asymptomatic carotid disease is controversial. ...Read more

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What happens if your cardiologist told you both of your carotid arteries were blocked?

What happens if your cardiologist told you both of your carotid arteries were blocked?

Depends: Depends on the degree of blockage. In most cases it is just an indicator that a patient needs treatment for generalized atherosclerosis. In occasional cases it increases the risk for stroke and needs to be treated. See a vascular surgeon for a good opinion. ...Read more

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My grandfather had a stroke. His carotid arteries are 100% and 85% blocked. What kind of surgery does he need?

Depends: We do not perform surgeries to open up complete (100%) blockages. For the side with 85% blockage he should first and foremost be on an Aspirin as well as a cholesterol lowering statin medication for optimal medical management. The surgical options are an open carotid endarterectomy or a carotid stent. If he can tolerate anesthesia then an open procedure is preferred. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of a carotid artery aneurysm?

Few: Abnormal pulsation in the neck, prominent visible structure in the neck, otherwise these aneurysms produce no symptoms. Rarely tia's or stroke sx are noted. ...Read more

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Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Very rarely,if ever.: Usual is amaurosis fugax, like a shade coming down over the vision of one eye only, but not both.An unusual variation is bright light amaurosis, brought on in one eye when in bright light, because the extra light puts more demand on the retina.The key in all vision changes with carotid disease is that it is monocular, a point missed by most practitioners.If a symptom affects both eyes, not carotid! ...Read more

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My cardiologist told me both of my carotid arteries are blocked. What are my options?

My cardiologist told me both of my carotid arteries are blocked. What are my options?

See vascular surgeon: I suspect he means that the carotid arteries have partial blockage, usually in the form of atherosclerosis. In the absence of neurological symptoms, most cases can be handled with medicine and close periodic follow up by a vascular surgeon. However, if the blockage is more than 80%, surgery will reduce the risk of stroke. In very special instances, carotid angioplasty and stent may be an option. ...Read more

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Carotid artery feels numb and full. I'm only 18 but could it be possible my artery is blocked?

Doubtful: Unlikely, at your age, you would experience carotid thrombosis, unless you had trauma, and then, a stroke would develop. The sensation over the neck could represent muscle spasm, enlarged lymph node, or aberrant thyroid tissue. See your doc, get examined, and hopefully, get reassured. ...Read more

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My father is 80 years old and one of his carotid arteries is 90% blocked - is he a good candidate for surgery or not?

Possibly: It depends on his general health especially the condition of his heart and lungs. The surgeon must report no more than a 3 - 5% complication rate. He may be a candidate for a stenting procedure if he has heart problems or multiple strokes. ...Read more

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My carotid artery is 80% blocked and I am going in for carotid stenting next thur. started smoking again. Am I going to be okay??

My carotid artery is 80% blocked and I am going in for carotid stenting next thur. started smoking again. Am I going to be okay??

Avoid smoking: since that is what caused it. Somewhat concerned about you getting a carotid stent at age 42 since it is reserved for high risk patients. You should discuss carotid stent vs carotid endarterectomy with your physician. ...Read more

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I had parotid surgeries 25 & 20 years ago. I recently experienced TIA. Tests show left carotid artery 30% blocked & right carotid artery 70%. ?

I had parotid surgeries 25 & 20 years ago. I recently experienced TIA. Tests show left carotid artery 30% blocked & right carotid artery 70%. ?

Focus on carotids: Likely the carotid blockages are due to longstanding deposits of cholesterol and plaques along the inside of the arteries. Coukd be due to high cholesterol or genetics. This is likely what's causing your TIAs as these arteries are the main source if blood into the brain. The lack of blood to the brain can cause TIAs and eventually full strokes. Discuss your options with your doc for treatment ...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