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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Clogged Carotid Artery

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What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

What tests are used to see if my carotid artery is clogged?

Ultrasound.: the most common test is a duplex ultrasound of the carotid artery. This checks for plaque in the artery, amount of blockage and the flow through the artery. ...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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If you have a partially clogged carotid artery, how often do you need to get it checked?

If you have a partially clogged carotid artery, how often do you need to get it checked?

Depends: Depending upon the degree of stenosis the typical time range to have the carotids checked is very six to twelve months with a duplex ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can any docs elaborate more about clogged carotid arteries?

Can any docs elaborate more about clogged carotid arteries?

Carotid: What about them? No intervention warranted until symptomatic lesion or 80%. Every case is has to be reviewed individually. ...Read more

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What are the signs that your carotid artery is clogged?

What are the signs that your carotid artery is clogged?

Carotid Stenosis: Signs of Carotid Artery Stenosis are Bruit, TIA or Stroke. The symptoms of a TiA may include sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs, often on just one side of the body, inability to move one or more of your limbs, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, dizziness or loss of balance, sudden, severe headache with no known cause. ...Read more

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Seeing spots with carotid artery disease? Is that a sign of bad clogging?

Seeing spots with carotid artery disease?  Is that a sign of bad clogging?

Possibly: If you develop transient visual disturbance like curtain coming down your eye, it may well be early sign of carotid disease so see your doc soon. ...Read more

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My doctor heard something he did not like when he listened to my carotid artery? Is it the noise of clogged artery?

My doctor heard something he did not like when he listened to my carotid artery?  Is it the noise of clogged artery?

Neck bruit: Your doc most likely heard a bruit with the stethescope. A bruit is a sound related to turbulent flow. The next step in your workup is to review your vascular risk factors and get an ultrasound or duplex of your neck arteries. The issue is stroke risk. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

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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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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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