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Should a 87 year old alzheimer's patient have surgery to clear a blocked carotid artery?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It's personal

Every person should consider the risks and benefits of any procedure or surgery.
When one is 87, one way to look at it is, what cause of death does one want to avoid the most.

In brief: It's personal

Every person should consider the risks and benefits of any procedure or surgery.
When one is 87, one way to look at it is, what cause of death does one want to avoid the most.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good Question

Blocked carotid arteries are treated in order to prevent a major stroke.
Patients with alzheimer's disease are forgetful, they have not had a stroke. If this 87y/o is still functional, then carotid surgery makes sense. If not, then the family should decide whether the benefit of surgery is worth the risk.

In brief: Good Question

Blocked carotid arteries are treated in order to prevent a major stroke.
Patients with alzheimer's disease are forgetful, they have not had a stroke. If this 87y/o is still functional, then carotid surgery makes sense. If not, then the family should decide whether the benefit of surgery is worth the risk.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Hard question

Very difficult question.
Get your family together with your doctor and decide. Many physicians believe that it is ok not to treat this type of patient. Can continue medical treatment.

In brief: Hard question

Very difficult question.
Get your family together with your doctor and decide. Many physicians believe that it is ok not to treat this type of patient. Can continue medical treatment.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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