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

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.
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.
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.

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