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Can you be too old to have carotid artery surgery?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
13 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Age is relative. If a high functioning person has a TIA (mini-stroke) or a full blown stroke with carotid artery narrowing > 50%, then offering carotid surgery is an option.
Poor cardiac function ( a bad heart ) is a contraindication for general anesthesia, however there are other options such as carotid stenting or an awake carotid endarterectomy using a nerve block.

In brief: Not necessarily

Age is relative. If a high functioning person has a TIA (mini-stroke) or a full blown stroke with carotid artery narrowing > 50%, then offering carotid surgery is an option.
Poor cardiac function ( a bad heart ) is a contraindication for general anesthesia, however there are other options such as carotid stenting or an awake carotid endarterectomy using a nerve block.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

The actual age is not as important as the functional wellness of the vital organ systems.
The oldest person I have operated upon in terms of carotid endarterectomy was 95 years old. He was very healthy despite his advanced years.

In brief: No

The actual age is not as important as the functional wellness of the vital organ systems.
The oldest person I have operated upon in terms of carotid endarterectomy was 95 years old. He was very healthy despite his advanced years.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Age and carotid surg

Age alone definitely should not be the factor that determines if your carotid disease is repairable.
A comprehensive evaluation of a person's condition is needed to make that decision.

In brief: Age and carotid surg

Age alone definitely should not be the factor that determines if your carotid disease is repairable.
A comprehensive evaluation of a person's condition is needed to make that decision.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Dr. Kevin Nolan
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