just diagnosed with carotid stenosis
I am 61, female and have no major health issues except obesity -Today the heart doctor gave me the results of my test - 65 percent in one and over 50 in another (not sure of the exact number there). I have normal choles. and am asymptomatic. (I was a smoker for many years - quit ten years ago, but I guess he thinks that may be the reason) The only reason he found it was from hearing a bruit in my artery. He gave me some statins to lower the cholesterol to 170, and is going to give me a treadmill test next week. He also said if I lose weight I could reverse some of the damage. I checked on the internet and found some studies saying that weight loss could help in this and lower it as much as 5 percent, but that there was no proof yet that it would lower risk of stroke. Lowering blood pressure definitely helps I know and that follows with weight loss.
I am really afraid, and am not sure that the right decision is to not have surgery. I guess he needs the next test to be sure, but the way he is talking we are going to carefully watch it. Anyone can give me input on carotid stenosis?
Last edited by redjb7; 07-03-2012 at 08:03 PM.