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Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque.
Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous.

In brief: Not likely
A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque.
Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No and don't do!
The last thing you would want to do is dislodge carotid plaques! if it breaks off, it will follow the flow of blood and lodge in brain causing strokes.
The rough surface then attracts clots which can also cause stroke. Treatment is done by either carotid endarterectomy or stenting, as well as medical management. Again, a stable plaque is a small problem compared to a broken one!

In brief: No and don't do!
The last thing you would want to do is dislodge carotid plaques! if it breaks off, it will follow the flow of blood and lodge in brain causing strokes.
The rough surface then attracts clots which can also cause stroke. Treatment is done by either carotid endarterectomy or stenting, as well as medical management. Again, a stable plaque is a small problem compared to a broken one!
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Don't do it
Develope treatment plan with your doctor. Rubbing your neck can affect your heart beat and could cause a stroke.

In brief: Don't do it
Develope treatment plan with your doctor. Rubbing your neck can affect your heart beat and could cause a stroke.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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