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Carotid Artery Care
Two years ago I underwent surgery on both of my carotid arteries. The left side was 95% blocked and a blood clot had formed. I had two minor strokes during the surgery, from which I have recovered. The right side was 60% blocked and the surgery was performed the following month. I was told by the surgeon that once the blockages had been cleared, the likelyhood of repeat blockages was extremely small. I take lipitor daily and my chlorestal levels have maintained excellent. (total chloresteral is 147, HDL fairly high and LDL faily low), I have been seeing a PA and he has recommended an ultrasound of my carotid arteries. Should this be necessary?   Thank you.  --
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May not be necessary, but, why not?  An ultrasound of the carotids is a totally non-invasive procedure that takes about 5 minutes to do.

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