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What is the treatment for carotid artery disease?

What is the treatment for carotid artery disease?

Endarterectomy: This is an operation that removes the plaque from the lumen of the artery. Traditionally this is the gold standard treatment for carotid disease. In some patients however that are high risk for surgery your doctor may recommend carotid stenting. Either way maximal medical management of peripheral vascular disease should be incorporated into the treatment paradigm. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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Carotid Artery Disease (Definition)

Carotid artery disease is a condition that involves the narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries are blood vessels located on the each side of the neck that provide the main blood supply for the brain. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart ...Read more


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Will carotid artery disease kill me if I don't get treatment?

Stroke: Stroke is the most common complication of carotid artery disease. Some strokes are not survivable. If you have carotid disease, there is a higher chance of coronary disease as well. Coronary disease often leads to heart attacks and sudden death. ...Read more

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What to do if I have carotid artery disease?

What to do if I have carotid artery disease?

It depends: It depends on the severity. Anything along the spectrum of lifestyle changes, to medication, to surgery may be indicated. Speak with your doctor about your particular situation. ...Read more

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How do you diagonise carotid artery disease?

Multiple modalities: Carotid ultrasound is the least invasive of the tests. Mr angiography requires a patient to lie in a confined space. The quality of the images is dependent upon no movement during the study. Ct angiography requires iodine-based contrast dye. Patients with chronic renal disease may have special preparations before their study. The gold standard is most invasive, arterial angiography. ...Read more

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What are the tests for carotid artery disease?

What are the tests for carotid artery disease?

Duplex ultrasound: First best test is duplex ultrasound . Other test like ct angiogram or mr angiogram could be done . The most invasive but gold standard is conventional arteriography. ...Read more

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Describe the features of carotid artery disease.?

Ischemic stroke: Carotid artery disease usually occurs at the origin of the internal carotid artery at the neck and results from plaque build up. The main concern is that blood clots may for from turbulent blood flow this plaque causes, and the clot may travel upward and block an important brain artery, causing a stroke. It is a common found and commonly treated cause for stroke. Several options exist. ...Read more

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Is the first step for carotid artery disease an ultrasound?

Yes, generally: Ultrasound is the best screening tool for carotid disease. It is non-invasive and gives flow data in real time. Carotid ultrasound is advised for people with multiple risk factors (age over 65, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, strong family history, smoking), people with symptoms of stroke or an abnormal noise (bruit) in the neck on exam. ...Read more

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Pulse in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

Pulse in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

No: Carotid artery disease usually become symptomatic when an embolus or clot goes to the brain and cause stroke or mini stroke . Hearing pulse in the head does not indicate the presence or absence of disease. ...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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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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


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