Carotid Artery Blocked

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   Posted 3/2/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
I had a doppler test done on my carotid arteries and it shows my right artery is blocked 90%. My optometrist has been seeing hemmorhages in my eyes for about 5 years, and now he and and a opthamologist can see embolisms in both eyes. Therefore I was sent to a neurosurgeon to see about having (maybe) an endarterectomy to clean the plaque from my artery, so I will not have a stroke.
My glucose is also high...about 2 stages away from diabetis.
At this point now I am very confused....I saw the neurosurgeon on Monday...he checked all my reflexes ..  He had all the other information faxed to him.
So he told me I have not had a stroke, and some people live with blocked arteries,and that I do have other issues and to keep taking PLAVIX.
He did not explain any of this to me or give me a chance to ask any questions.
Is it quite normal to live with this artery blocked?
I thought I was going to him to prevent a STOKE.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated
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Post Edited (snshn784) : 3/2/2006 11:14:18 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/3/2006 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   

HI snshn784,  Welcome to healing well forum.

I am sorry that you are having these medical issues going on.  I wouldn't really know if this is something you could wait on or not as I don't have this condition and I am not a physician.  Hopefully someone will come along to better answer some of your questions.  However, in my point of view if I were in your shoes I would get a second opinion.  You obviously have many questions regarding your condition and possible outcome that this neurosurgeon didn't address with you.  Good luck and please keep us updated. 


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   Posted 3/4/2006 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi, i would get a second opinion also. anytime you have a blockage i would think further investigation is necessary, keep bugging people til you have the peace that you KNOW what is going on. yeah

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   Posted 3/5/2006 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
hi,i would ask for a cath done to see if you have more than one blockage.i didnt know anything was wrong with me until i had a heart attack.i had 5 blockages and had quad bypass surgery on 4,im not trying to scare you,but i think you better get a second opinion.wish you well andtk.

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   Posted 3/8/2006 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the HW 784. Please get a 2nd opion. I do know that a carotid artery has to be at least 50% blocked or maybe even more i'm not sure on percentile, before they will stent it. My father-in-law had both done his was 70 and 80 % blocked. They done them 1 mo. apart and he done well.The info that dr. gave you don't sound right. I'm not a doc but i'm a nurse and this just don't sound right to me. PLEASE,PLEASE, get another opion soon. I'll keep you in my prayers DELTA

{ Listen to your body talk. } Deltacece

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