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.
Possible. Typical eye symptoms of significant carotid disease is loss of vision/ or part of the visual field in one eye which is called amaurosis fugax. If you experience that then you need to be checked by your physician with carotid duplex ultrasound. Spots can still be a sign but you better be checked by an ophthalmologist .

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I'm seeing spots with carotid artery disease, is that bad?

It may be. The two can be related. Please see the link below. You should definitely talk to your doctor about this. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000784.htm. Read more...
Please. Be evaluated by an opthalmologist as well as by your doctor and or a neurologist. You may need an eye exam, a carotid doppler and possibly a trans cranial doppler. These will direct medical vs surgical treatment options. Read more...

Seeing spots symptoms of carotid artery disease?

Very rarely,if ever. Usual is amaurosis fugax, like a shade coming down over the vision of one eye only, but not both.An unusual variation is bright light amaurosis, brought on in one eye when in bright light, because the extra light puts more demand on the retina.The key in all vision changes with carotid disease is that it is monocular, a point missed by most practitioners.If a symptom affects both eyes, not carotid! Read more...
Not typically. Cartid artery stenosis can cause loss of vision in one eye as if u pull a black shade in front of it but not typically causes seeing spots. Read more...

Should I be concerned with a new side effect of carotid artery disease? I have been suffering from carotid artery disease, however recently I started seeing black spots. I know that this is a side effect, but should I be concerned of this sudden appearanc

This . This is a very serious symptom, and should prompt immediate medical attention. These black spots in your vision may be a result of fragments of the carotid artery plaque breaking free and traveling up to the brain or eye. This heralds carotid plaque instability and the potential for a stroke, which occurs when a ruptured fragment of the atherosclerotic plaque blocks a brain artery. People with carotid artery disease who have symptoms should not only be on certain medications, but they should also be evaluated for surgery or carotid artery stenting. Read more...
Yes. Yes, you should be concerned as you may have an ulcerated plaque or an irrregular lining to your carotid vessels that supply the brain. If a piece breaks off and goes through your neck into your ophthalmic artery the blood supply to your eye it could be causing these black spots. I would see medical consultation immediately. Your body could be warning you that a stroke is coming. Read more...

What symptoms typically go along with carotid artery disease?

Sometimes none. Carotid artery disease often causes no symptoms at all. Sometimes it's detected accidentally, when a sound ("bruit") is heard in the neck, or a doppler is done because of non-specific symptoms such as dizziness. When it does cause symptoms, it's usually a temporary loss of vision in one eye, or a weakness or numbness on one side of the body. Read more...
Risk of stroke. Carotid disease is a risk factor for stroke. Prior to a stroke, a patient may have transient ischemic attacks (tias), which are brief episodes of weakness or numbness on one side of the body, coordination or speech difficulties. A specific TIA attributable to carotid disease is a brief loss of vision in one eye called amaurosis fugax. Treatment of asymptomatic carotid disease is controversial. Read more...

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...
Yes. Doing an ultrasound test or what is called duplex ultrasound is the best non invasive test to diagnose carotid disease . Sometime you may need additional testing with ct scan , MRI or even an angiogram which is the most invasive but most most accurate test. Read more...

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...
Could be... Sensing or even hearing a pulse or "whooshing" noise in your head is not a common sign of carotid artery disease - but I have seen it. It could also be a sign of a vascular malformation or fistula near the inner ear. It also could be a sign of high blood pressure. Get it checked out. Read more...

Doctors please advise. Is it ok to press your carotid to ck pulse if you have carotid artery disease?

Usually not. Routinely, if you have carotid artery disease, you dont want to manipulate the area and dislodge plaques that may cause problem to ur brain like stroke. However, if you pass out and have no obvious pulse, your doctor may press on your neck or your groin to check pulse regardless of your underlying disease. Read more...
Ok but. There is truly no association between pressing on the carotid artery and increase risk of stroke in my opinion except if the patient has more than fifty percent stenosis and he is symptomatic because in this special situation the plaque in the carotid artery can be friable and pressing on it can cause another attack. Read more...

How do people treat carotid artery disease?

Multiple options. If the narrowing is significant surgery or a stent are used. Before you get to that point blood pressure control, cholesterol lowering medications and blood sugar control are helpful. And obviously no smoking. Read more...
Medical or surgical. Agressive medical therapy has been shown to be a better rx than stents or endarterectomy unless there is severe obstruction - greater than 80% - also b mode ultrasound can show whether the plaque is stable (calcified ) vs soft. Soft plaque is much more likely to break up and cause stroke. BP control 120/80 or less + aggressive cholesterol rx - i aim for a total cholesterol/hdl ratio of 2.5 or less. Read more...
Risk factor control. No smoking. Eat right. Colesterol and blood pressure control. Aspirin if ordered by your doctor. Follow up ultrasounds of the carotid arteries. Read more...