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A recent CT head scan (no contrast) showed calcified carotid siphons, should I have further tests done?

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology
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In brief: Yes

If you have intracranial calcifIc arterial disease, you may also have extracranial calcific arterial disease.
A carotid ultrasound would be a good idea. Also a cardiovascular calcium scan. If your brain arteries are looking bad, your heart arteries could also.

In brief: Yes

If you have intracranial calcifIc arterial disease, you may also have extracranial calcific arterial disease.
A carotid ultrasound would be a good idea. Also a cardiovascular calcium scan. If your brain arteries are looking bad, your heart arteries could also.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: No

That's an expected change at age 59.
If you have symptoms of coronary insufficiency, you should have a stress test. If you have transient neurologic symptoms, you should have a carotid duplex exam. In the absence of sx, you don't require further testing. Optimize your risk factors: BP, cholesterol, avoidance of smoking; Exercise daily and eat a healthy diet.

In brief: No

That's an expected change at age 59.
If you have symptoms of coronary insufficiency, you should have a stress test. If you have transient neurologic symptoms, you should have a carotid duplex exam. In the absence of sx, you don't require further testing. Optimize your risk factors: BP, cholesterol, avoidance of smoking; Exercise daily and eat a healthy diet.
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