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Posted by Ann A
on February 11, 2000 at 13:38:30:
In Reply to: blocked carotid posted by Nancy on January 10, 2000 at 21:45:06:
: My mother, age 74, has 50% blockage of carotid (both I believe) compared to 30% a year ago. Arteriogram has not been recommended. Had MRI and MRA to evaluate fainting. Is on coumadin after severe blood clotting in leg 2 yrs ago. Normally had low blood pressure, since fainting (3 times in 6 months) bp fluctuates. Fairly high "bad" cholesterol. My question: why are her doctors not recommending arteriogram?
My father just had an operation to clear his carotid artery on Monday, so I've recently learned quite a bit about the situation. Probably they are not recommending the arteriogram because it can actually cause a stroke. 50% blockage is not considered serious at this age--in fact it's normal. So they're probably just trying to avoid causing a stroke. BTW, the surgery to clear the artery is also risky. Unfortunately, my father had a major stroke during the surgery. Now we have more to learn about. Ann
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