blockage of carotid artery

Posted by starfirey2k @starfirey2k, Nov 16, 2019

just a quick question, I have been diagnosed with a blockage in my carotid artery right side, had ultrasound, cat scan and since an MRI, my question is this, I have been told the blockage is 70-75 percent, also that they will not do anything until it is 80% as per the insurance company. I have done extensive reading on this and cannot find anything pointing to the 80% rule. I would rather have something done now rather than wait till I am older and maybe not be able to handle it then, I am 68 now, if anyone has had this done can you shed some light on this? is there a 80% rule? any info on this would be great, thank you for your help.

Hi, @starfirey2k – I also think that @desirea @whiteblaze2026 @predictable may have some thoughts to share related to your situation where you've been told you have 70-75 percent blockage of your of carotid artery, yet they will not do anything until it is 80% as per the insurance

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@lisalucier

Hi, @starfirey2k – I also think that @desirea @whiteblaze2026 @predictable may have some thoughts to share related to your situation where you've been told you have 70-75 percent blockage of your of carotid artery, yet they will not do anything until it is 80% as per the insurance

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how do i find the other posts you mention?

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@starfirey2k

how do i find the other posts you mention?

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Hi, @starfirey2k – I've just tagged these members with the hope they will join this discussion and share their thoughts from their experiences about the blockage you have and the insurance stipulations.

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@lisalucier

Hi, @starfirey2k – I've just tagged these members with the hope they will join this discussion and share their thoughts from their experiences about the blockage you have and the insurance stipulations.

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ok, thanks any input is greatly appreciated.

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@tskeane

Hi. I hope someone can lead me to the right person. I have a 100% blocked right carotid artery. It has been blocked for 2 years. This week I had an eye exam and was found to have Ocular Ischemic Syndrome where my right eye is not getting enough blood flow because of the blocked carotid artery. The ophthalmologist said blood flow needs to be restored to my eye. My cardiologist has said there is nothing that can be done for a 100% blocked carotid artery. I am checking here to find out if anyone knows of a specialist in this area and what if any treatment options are available. Thank you.

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Get down to mayo asap that can kill you

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@tskeane

Hi. I hope someone can lead me to the right person. I have a 100% blocked right carotid artery. It has been blocked for 2 years. This week I had an eye exam and was found to have Ocular Ischemic Syndrome where my right eye is not getting enough blood flow because of the blocked carotid artery. The ophthalmologist said blood flow needs to be restored to my eye. My cardiologist has said there is nothing that can be done for a 100% blocked carotid artery. I am checking here to find out if anyone knows of a specialist in this area and what if any treatment options are available. Thank you.

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Please find a hospital, go to emergency room. I had this last year and had to surgery to clean my Artery. Nothing at all to play with! It also stops blood from getting to your brain and can give you a major stroke or worse! Praying for you.

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Hi. I hope someone can lead me to the right person. I have a 100% blocked right carotid artery. It has been blocked for 2 years. This week I had an eye exam and was found to have Ocular Ischemic Syndrome where my right eye is not getting enough blood flow because of the blocked carotid artery. The ophthalmologist said blood flow needs to be restored to my eye. My cardiologist has said there is nothing that can be done for a 100% blocked carotid artery. I am checking here to find out if anyone knows of a specialist in this area and what if any treatment options are available. Thank you.

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Hi @tskeane, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I moved your message to this existing discussion so you can connect with @starfirey2k who also has experience with blockage of the carotid artery. This discussion has also been added to the Eye Conditions and Heart & Blood Health groups. I'd also like to bring @IndianaScott into this discussion.

Here's some information about carotid artery disease care at Mayo Clinic

tskeane, might Mayo Clinic be an option for you? Or do you have a major hospital specializing in cardiovascular disease near you?

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@tskeane

Hi. I hope someone can lead me to the right person. I have a 100% blocked right carotid artery. It has been blocked for 2 years. This week I had an eye exam and was found to have Ocular Ischemic Syndrome where my right eye is not getting enough blood flow because of the blocked carotid artery. The ophthalmologist said blood flow needs to be restored to my eye. My cardiologist has said there is nothing that can be done for a 100% blocked carotid artery. I am checking here to find out if anyone knows of a specialist in this area and what if any treatment options are available. Thank you.

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@tskeane
The newest technology that I am familiar with is the TCAR procedure. The beauty of this procedure versus conventional procedures is that the blood flow is reversed capturing virtually all of the the potential stroke causing debris. Although Cardiovascular surgeons have done this procedure personally I’d feel more comfortable about Carotid artery surgery if I consulted with a Neurosurgeon and/or a Vascular surgeon about it, overly cautious perhaps. Have you been evaluated by an Interventional Cardiologist? Many people live normal lives with a 100% blockage. Have you had a stroke? I would assume your eating a super heart healty diet to help keep your other arteries healthy. Do you have any other medical issues?
Wishing you the best,
Jake

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@tskeane

Hi. I hope someone can lead me to the right person. I have a 100% blocked right carotid artery. It has been blocked for 2 years. This week I had an eye exam and was found to have Ocular Ischemic Syndrome where my right eye is not getting enough blood flow because of the blocked carotid artery. The ophthalmologist said blood flow needs to be restored to my eye. My cardiologist has said there is nothing that can be done for a 100% blocked carotid artery. I am checking here to find out if anyone knows of a specialist in this area and what if any treatment options are available. Thank you.

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Hi tskeane, hope all is well with you, I do understand your concern I had the same when I was at 75% blockage what they said to me made no sense why wait until it is more blocked that what it is now? I do know someone who is blocked at 100% on one of the arteries in her neck and they wont touch it now.. they all confirm that there are other pathways there for the blood to supply your brain area with the needed blood.I know it is not an ideal way to live with this…. I actually checked on having the "TCAR" procedure done and at the time my vascular surgeon was not willing to use it because there was no past track record of success with it. I did have the carotid Endarterectomy done and so far is was a great success. I am not sure where you are I am in clearwater florida and of course I feel like i had the best surgeon in the world everyone I talked to really liked and trusted him. If I can do anything to help you please let me know, be well…..

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