My father-in-law, age 77, has recently suffered several TIAs and now one ischemic stroke which has left him unable to speak understandably and noticeably weak and off-balance (he has has several falls).
His carotids had been monitored semiannually, but the left artery suddenly became 100% occluded (per angiogram or angioplasty - not sure which).
In my research, I understand that once the artery is 100% blocked, nothing can be done.
One doctor has told us that since the artery is 100% blocked, there would not be any more strokes. Another doctor inicated that there is definitely a possibility of additional strokes.
my husband is 54 and last year he suffered a small stroke. we found out that he had several strokes before this one we never knew about.his left carotid artery is 100% occluded. he has been put off work permanently because of the chance of the unstable plaque breaking loose and causing a major stroke.if something is in your body that a Dr didn't put there then there is always a chance for problems to occur. the risk of death or possibly a major crippling stroke is so great to try and repair this artery that the dr's just leave it alone. good luck with your journey....
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