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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going! If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes.

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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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Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Can tias over time be caused by temporary or partial occlusion of vertebral or carotid arteries and cause foci or lesions?

Yes: Tia's are short-lived, about 20-30- minutes and usually fully reverse. If not, it is a stroke with tissue damage, and then can be seen on an mri. The event heralds risk, and preventative treatment with an antiplatelet drug should be started. An embolism from say the heart or aorta, may need anti-coagulation. The greatest future risk of TIA is a stroke within one year.

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Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

Can a 3 mm thyroid nodule cause carotid artery occlusion?

No: That is a very tiny thyroid nodule and would not cause any symptoms and would not be able to be felt by yourself or on an exam.

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Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion. Good Angiogram Clear Artery's, had Mitral Valve Repair. Is Aspirin necessary? Surgeon says not really, agree?

Family history of Carotid Artery Occlusion. Good Angiogram Clear Artery's, had Mitral Valve Repair. Is Aspirin necessary? Surgeon says not really, agree?

Yes: When you are told "clear arteries" by angiogram, I suspect the doctors means "no obstructive coronary artery disease". That is not the same as saying as you have pristine arteries. There is likely some intimal thickening and or mild cholesterol buildup at your age, therefore one baby asprin 81 mg is probably the best thing u can do for yourself to reduce your risk of stroke and/or heart attack.

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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).

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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.

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What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

What is the definition or description of: carotid arteries?

Arteries to head: 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 blood to the brain.

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic...

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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.

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external (face) and internal (brain) components. It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke. Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99% there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject.

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Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

No: A dowager's hump will not affect carotid artery flow. Disease in the carotid artery will affect flow.

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Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

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.

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure I recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon.

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Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Variable: Can be many results including: nothing, blood accumulation in the neck, ecchymosis (black and blue mark), hematoma (firm mass of blood), or, in the worse case, a stroke.

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...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