In Reply to: CAROTID ARTERY BLOOD FLOW posted by Sue on July 11, 1998 at 16:10:58:
Is it possible for pressure on the carotid artery or obstruction of the carotid artery to produce persistent visual problems? I have been suffering for some time now and I find that I have a lot of pain in the back of my head and in my neck. I also have extreme dizzy spells if I lie down or roll over. How can this be tested for? Alternatively, do you have any other suggestions?
Mant thanks for your interest.
Visual symptoms are possible due to carotid artery narrowing. Carotid aretry supplies blood to the eyes through ophthalmic artery. Typically you get sudden blindness for few minutes, this is called Amurosis fugax. Chronic carotid artery block also can cause slow visual loss by impairing blood flow to the eyes. Neck pain and vertigo are typical symptom of cervical spondylitis.
With best wishes
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