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carotid artery disease diagnosis

Posted by @keithl56, Fri, Jun 8 9:55am

I was just diagnosed with advanced coronary artery disease following a CT that indicated a high calcium score of 1014. I then had other vascular tests and they found bilateral carotid blockages of between 20 to 39%. What is the percentage threshold for diagnosing carotid artery disease.?

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Hi Keith, I'm tagging fellow members @gorkii @kariulrich @book8 @degarden_girl @lioness and @predictable who have talked about carotid artery disease.

Keith, with bilateral carotid blockages of 20-39%, what treatment options and lifestyle changes are being considered?

I just received the test results, and they said that the doctor didn't indicate any treatment at this time. I have a 7 day holter monitor test coming up so maybe he will address both results at the same time.

@keithl56, treatment for arterial stenosis is usually done at much higher percentages, such as 70% and higher I believe, it also depends on symptoms. I would discuss this with your physician, each person is different. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/16819-medical-management-of-coronary-artery-disease

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I just received the test results, and they said that the doctor didn't indicate any treatment at this time. I have a 7 day holter monitor test coming up so maybe he will address both results at the same time.

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@keith65 Hi Keith Lioness here I had a triple by pass due to blokages but never experienced any symptoms till they where in the 80% catagory. Mine at that point I had some pain in chest and L .arm but nothing to alarm me . When it got worse my Dr. sent me to the cardiologist and he at that time did a stress test when I couldnt pass it he sent me to the hospital for a heart catherization that showed the blockages of 85%,90% and 95% but before this I never had any symptoms that the Dr. found . After the bypass the Dr. told me to get of red meat ,the bad fat instead have the good fats of olive oil in salad dressing ,no buttermilk dressing. Now I had this in 1996 so food has changed but it is important to eat more vegetables ,no red meat,exercise minimum I pray they wont find anything on the heart moniter for you . I havent taken any extra calcium pills since the 80,s my count in blood test was o.k. our bodies make all the minerals we need so there in no need to take extra calcium unless the Dr. tells you its needed . I say al this as Im a retired nurse ,after my by pass I started to study herbs,homeopathic med. I dont take many perscriptions at all Im active and 75 my by pass is 23 yrs old now and I dont have any problems with my heart.

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I just received the test results, and they said that the doctor didn't indicate any treatment at this time. I have a 7 day holter monitor test coming up so maybe he will address both results at the same time.

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@lioness Did the doctors ever tell you that you could possibly need a revision of your bypass? I am curious if bypasses are now a lifetime cure or if they need to be redone after so many years. I know each person is different And it depends on the graft, what was used. I need to update myself in this area! Thank you for sharing your experience! Always good to have a fellow nurse to talk too!!

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