Posted By margot on June 16, 1999 at 12:31:41
My father-in-law has a 100% occluded carotid artery. He is 77 and in otherwise good health, although has had several "episodes" (light-headed, and some brief aphasia) one of which was probably a small stroke. He has been told that since the blockage is 100% it is standard procedure to NOT do the surgery. Should he get a second opinion?
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on June 16, 1999 at 16:25:09
Thank you for your question. You are correct that surgery is not recommended for 100% occluded arteries. The rational is that it is already closed and the area it used to supply has new blood flow from elsewhere.
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