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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...

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...

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...

What lifestyle changes can I make to decrease my risk for carotid artery disease?

DO NOT SMOKE. Smoking is probably the single worst thing that a human could do to themselves to increase the risk of peripheral vascular disease. Improving other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia also need to be addressed in the journey to decrease the chance of peripheral vascular disease. Read more...
Many. Lose weight, lower your cholesterol, control your diabetes, lower your blood pressure, lower your stress. These are all within your power to affect but it will take some work on your part. Read more...

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...
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 . 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...

I can hear my heartbeat in my head. Is this indicative of carotid artery disease?

NO. The carotid artery in the neck forks into two branches at the ear level. Just as in a river fork, flow at the fork is turbulent. This turbulence is what some people hear, even though there may be no narrowing in the artery. Next time you see your doctor have him/her listen over the carotid artery. If there is a bruit (swishing noise) there, an ultrasound study should be obtained. Read more...

Why would I be given Clopidogrel (Plavix (clopidogrel)) for TIA when Warafin is reversible? Is Warafin Not indicated in in TIA for Carotid Artery Disease?

Differences. Clopidigrel has been carefully studied for prevention of stroke and heart attack, and seems to work well for local obstruction of blood vessels, but warfarin is an anti-coagulant designed to prevent blood clots at a distance from entering the brain circulation. Warfarin does not seem to be risk advantageous for local TIA, and likely your doctor has made a reasonable choice. Read more...