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Doctor insights on: What Causes External Carotid Stenoses

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Do carotid stents cause strokes?

Do carotid stents cause strokes?

Possible: It is possible to develop a stroke during carotid stent placement (~ 4% in optimal patients). However the carotid stent is effective at preventing further strokes and that is why they are placed. At this point carotid stents are reserved for patients who are at high risk for open carotid endarterectomy (surgery). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid surgery to cause a stroke?

Yes: The most common side effect but should happen no more then 2% of the time. My stoke rate is <0.5%. ...Read more

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I always check the character of my carotid pulse these past days the pulse has become less evident whilst the BP is still normal what could cause this?

I always check the character of my carotid pulse these past days the pulse has become less evident whilst the BP is still normal what could cause this?

Unnecessary worries!: In a 22 year old, there should be zero concern about carotid pulse. So I would advise you to quit looking for problems that are not there and are entirely unrealistic. You can only generate anxiety by doing what you are doing. If are worried about your health, you can get an annual physical exam...Although it is not medically indicated at your age. ...Read more

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Can a twisted carotid cause a bruise?

Can a twisted carotid cause a bruise?

No: Carotid artery disease does not cause bruising. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

Rare: Without question, this complication can occur but is exceedingly rare. It's important to have such studies at a center with extensive experience in ultrasound technique. ...Read more

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What causes dilated carotid arteries?

What causes dilated carotid arteries?

Sometimes...: A dilated or aneursymal carotid on ultrasound is simply what we call a "redundant" carotid, meaning it is long and wraps on itself, so it looks bigger on ultrasound. True enlarged carotid arteries should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How to deal with carotid neck pain caused by anxiety?

How to deal with carotid neck pain caused by anxiety?

Cause and treatment: I question if pain is actually coming from your carotid artery? If you have concerns that the pain stems from a vascular problem, you need to see your doctor. There're many things that can cause neck pain, and the underlying problem, which anxiety may be aggravating, needs to be identified to fit the cause to the treatment. If it is anxiety, and your neck is normal, treat that. Sleep, exercise. ...Read more

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Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Would inflammation of carotid artery cause pain?

Pain in Carotids: Inflammation in the carotid arteries may cause pain. More importantly, it is critical that you see a vascular surgeon to have your carotid arteries evaluated. You will need a carotid duplex to assess the amount of stenosis in the arteries, if any. Carotid artery blockage is one of the leading causes of strokes. Have this evaluated today. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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What causes carotid artery stenosis?

What causes carotid artery stenosis?

Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol. ...Read more

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Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

Can carotid bruits cause severe headaches?

No: A carotid bruit is a sign of turbulence in the carotid artery. This not typically associated with headache. A bruit should be followed up with an ultrasound as it could be a sign of significant carotid stenosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of dilated carotid artery and dizziness?

What is the cause of dilated carotid artery and dizziness?

Unknown: Causes for carotid ectasia or aneurysms are not known. There are so many causes of dizziness. You need work-up. It is difficult to enumerate in this limited space. ...Read more

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What could cause peak systolic velocity of right internal carotid artery to be elevated to 130cm/s but no elevation in left ica & no stenosis found?

Peak velocity: Sometimes what is being recorded is not the velocity in the internal carotid but an adjacent artery such as external carotid. This could also be related to high flow situations or other technical factors. ...Read more

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Can a carotid stent cause me to have a headache due to more blood flow?

Can a carotid stent cause me to have a headache due to more blood flow?

Yes: It is not unusual to have headaches on the side of the stent soon after carotid stenting, especially if the carotid stenosis was high grade. These headaches usually resolve within days. Severe headache accompanied by hypertension in this setting can be worrisome and should be discussed with your doctor, as it can be a sign of reperfusion syndrome. ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area. It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse. One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

How do you establish cause and effect in Carotid Artery blockage stroke.?

Carotid disease: If angiogram was "fine" then you must not have any. The best way is to get a piece of the blockage in the carotid and look at it under a microscope. Most common cause would be vascular damage (rust) from smoking, high blood pressure, high lipids or old trauma. Happy to do 2nd Opinion to help narrow this down in you. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Should the pressure in the carotid arteries on the right side be roughly the same as on the left side? Right side pulse is weak. What could cause this

Should the pressure in the carotid arteries on the right side be roughly the same as on the left side? Right side pulse is weak. What could cause this

Arteries: Yes, the pressure or strength of the pulsation in each carotid artery should be the same unless there is a blockage reducing the pressure in the one with a weak pulsation. However this would be unusual in your age bracket. If you have further concerns have your physician examine and advise you. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

Neck lump: Could be a swollen lymph node from throat infection or mass in neck/upper chest or could be infected cyst or abscess. Would follow up with doc ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

See ENT: This is not a forum to diagnose your problem. There are numerous possible causes. See your PCP or an ENT Specialist NOW. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Nerve pain: Cannot imagine that pain goes through an artery, though nerves do travel in similar paths. Possibly a trapped nerve in your upper back is causing the shooting pain. Seek pain management advice, or neurology. My be that a steroid injection (seek a physician who is comfortable with neck injections - not all are) would help, or you may need surgery as a last resort. An MRI may be in your future.. ...Read more

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Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...Read more

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Can anything to do witg the carotid artery cause neck swelling and facial swelling on the left side?

Not likely: It's more likely to be from a dental abscess, or blocked vs infected parotid gland. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

POLYDYPSIA: Drinking water is pointless, misguided and may land you in trouble if vastly excessive over o long time. POTS responds to restoration of resting vagal tone attained by cardiovascular training it is largely reflective of physiologic deconditioning. ...Read more

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What can cause anterior neck pain that comes and goes? Occurs on both sides of windpipe, near carotid arteries. Been happening for 6 months.

See doc: There is no way to tell what the problem may be without a direct inspection and examination of the area involved. If this has been present for 6 months, it is high time you consult your doctor. ...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?

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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Do SEVERE chronicMigraines (& I mean feeling carotid and head blood flow start to SURGE while constricting,)cause significant damage to blood vessels?

Do SEVERE chronicMigraines (& I mean feeling carotid and head blood flow start to SURGE while constricting,)cause significant damage to blood vessels?

Thankfully no: Migraine headaches make you hypersensitive to sounds and every sensations. Every indication is that sounds and sensation are normal events that you are hypersensitive to. ...Read more