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Re: Carotid artery blockage
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Re: Carotid artery blockage

Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on December 28, 1998 at 16:11:02:

In Reply to: Carotid artery blockage posted by Carol on December 28, 1998 at 00:25:53:






My husband has had a heart attack (6 years ago), is diabetic, has PVD- He has recently been diagnosed as having a 100% blockage in the left carotid artery with approximately 60 to 70% function on the right.  Our internist has said no treatment is necessary; however, he is now experiencing chest pain on a frequent basis that occurs at rest and is sometimes help by nitro, but other times is not.  The pain seems to occur most frequently when he is lying down.  We have an appointment with a cardiologist whom we have previously seen on Jan 4th.  Wonder if this pain could be related to the carotid problem and what other testing should be conducted.  He did have a cardic cath after the heart attack and was told he was not a candidate for angioplasty or surgery due to the lack of distal circulation past the two blocked arteries.  He has been fairly comfortable with medication and able to be fairly active.  We are now concerned about this new development and I (and RN) worry about the possibility of stroke.  Any information you can give me prior to our appointment would be appreciated.
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Dear Larry,
Thank you for your question. I don't think that the chest pain is due to the carotid blockage.  It may be due to coronary artery blockages and this will need to be addressed by his cardiologist.   In general carotid artery blockages are not treated until they approach 90%.  At that time either stenting or surgery may be necessary to decrease the risk of stroke.
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