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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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Is it possible for the carotid arteries of my husband to clear up from 100% blockage on one side without treatment?

Is it possible for the carotid arteries of my husband to clear up from 100% blockage on one side without treatment?

Not really: May develop some collateral vessels to help. Most likely he has an intact circle of willis and is getting flow from other side. Treatment will depend on what your husband and surgeon decide best meets his needs. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for partially occluded carotid arteries, less than 50%, in a 54 year old female?

What is the treatment for partially occluded carotid arteries, less than 50%, in a 54 year old female?

Medical management: For most partial occlusions of the carotid arteries of <50%, aggressive medical management is usually all that is needed (i.e. No surgery.) this will include aggressive cholesterol control with LDL < 70 mg/dl and HDL > 45 mg/dl. In addition, blood pressure control with systolic < 130 mmhg and diastolic < 80 mmhg (<130/80). These are general recommendations; see your doctor for your specific case. ...Read more

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Mother 75+ with 50% blocked Carotid Arteries what is a 50 yr old sons risk with lipid fasting test with Cholesterol 5.39 and HDL ratio 3.8? Treatment?

Mother 75+ with 50% blocked Carotid Arteries what is a 50 yr old sons risk with lipid fasting test with Cholesterol 5.39 and HDL ratio 3.8? Treatment?

Genetic risk.: Regardless of your numbers, this genetic risk is present and unalterable. It means you have to optimize the control of your other risk factors - blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight - and not smoke cigarettes. Exercise regularly and maintain healthy diet practices. ...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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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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What are symptoms of blocked carotid arteries?

What are symptoms of blocked carotid arteries?

Stroke: Dizziness, visual changes. See stroke. Org for more complete list. ...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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How can I tell if I have a blocked carotid artery?

How can I tell if I have a blocked carotid artery?

Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries. ...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 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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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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I think I have heart problem or a blocked carotid artery. Which came first?

I think I have heart problem or a blocked carotid artery. Which came first?

Both at the same tim: Factors causing one cxause they other: smoking, bad cholesterol issues, increased blood pressure, diabetes, and several less liekly other, like homocysteinemia. These causitive factors need be treated. Both carotid blockage or coronary ischemia may require intervention, surgically. ...Read more

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Please explain why does my mom's blocked carotid artery make her act so different?

Stroke: A blocked carotid artery may result in a stroke. This could explain a change in her behavior or personality. If she has not had a stroke, however, a carotid artery blockage would not cause her to "act any differently.". ...Read more

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What does it mean if my mom's blocked carotid artery is starting to make her act so different?

What does it mean if my mom's blocked carotid artery is starting to make her act so different?

Unlikely related: It's unlikely related, however she should see her PMD to make sure this is not related to small strokes (TIAs) ...Read more

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Left internal carotid artery is difficult to evalution in doppler study. What will be impact on health and what is cure for this.?

Left internal carotid artery is difficult to evalution in doppler study. What will be impact on health and what is cure for this.?

Well, . ...: Depending on why you even had the doppler done will answer the question. That simply means anatomically, they may not have seen the carotid well on the study. If you and your Doctor have concerns about the patency of the Artery, then a dye study could be ordered to confirm this since the doppler was inadequate. ...Read more

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I have been troubled by ongoing vertigo, and I also have very high cholesterol, is it possible for blocked carotid arteries to cause dizziness?

Not usually: If you have carotid occlusive disease (carotid stenosis) it can increase risk of mini-strokes (tias) and stroke but not general just vertigo. ...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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Stroke 1yr ago surgeon said he could operate on my Carotid Arteries that are about 50% Blocked, when would a second Ultrasound be done from original?

Stroke 1yr ago surgeon said he could operate on my Carotid Arteries that are about 50% Blocked, when would a second Ultrasound be done from original?

Get a second opinion: That a surgeon says he can operate on your carotid artery that's 50%. Blocked is different from SHOULD it be. Typically 50% lesions are not intervened on either surgically or interventionally! Second has cause and effect been established? Your history states mitral valve repair - do u have any history of arrhythmia for instance? Last, another carotid US is definitively warranted to confirm severe ...Read more

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Left internal carotid artery blocked yet there is no brain damage. How is this possible?

Left internal carotid artery blocked yet there is no brain damage. How is this possible?

Blood flow: To your brain is passing through collateral vessels. Wiki circle of willis. ...Read more

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On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area. Where carotid artery is, Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area. Where carotid artery is, Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

Your carotid artery: Is not blocked. Blocked carotid does not hurt. You may have some sort of infection or inflammation involving your ear or lymphnodes in neck or neck muscle spasms or even cervical strain or sprain. ...Read more

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Can you survive with one carotid artery? I'm not talking about a blocked one. I'm talking about not having one period.

Can you survive with one carotid artery? I'm not talking about a blocked one. I'm talking about not having one period.

Common anomaly.: An absent carotid artery, believe it or not, isn't uncommon (between 1 to 3% of people have it). Blood flow to the brain goes via the carotids as well as the 2 vertebral arteries. In the brain, they form a "circle of Willis" so that less blood flow thru one artery is compensated by more flow thru the others. For those w/o 1 of the 4 arteries, the others get bigger & supply the whole brain. ...Read more

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My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?

My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?

Not a good idea: Carotid occlusive disease and it's corresponding operation are very serious issues that should not be combined with surgery for varicose veins. Both have a great deal of importance but the more important and serious of the two should be addressed first-carotid endarterectomy. The varicose vein surgery can be done anytime thereafter. ...Read more

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Is there any blocked arteries in the brain like a carotid artery that would show on ct?

Is there any blocked arteries in the brain like a carotid artery that would show on ct?

Yes: Cta is a good test to evaluate the vessels of the neck and brain. You can have blockages in the vessels inside your head. ...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