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I have been diagnosed with LVH. Had HBP for approx 12 yrs

Hello, I am 50 yrs. old and have been diagnosed with LVH, and I've had HBP for approx. 12 yrs. I recently had a carotid artery ultrasound which showed approx. 40% blockage. I then saw my cardiologist and he ordered an MRA and it was negative. I am going to have another sono done. If it comes back with the same results, should I have an angiogram? I also feel like a flip flopping in my chest sometimes, especially with aerobic exercise.
Asked On : Tue, 10 Aug 2010
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Blockage in your carotid artery can reduce the blood supply to your brain. A stroke can occur if your brain does not get enough blood.There are 2 ways to treat a carotid artery that has plaque buildup in it. One is surgery called endarterectomy. The other is a procedure called angioplasty with stent placement.Once the blockage is confirmed, an ultrasound test is used to view pictures of the blockage, and measure the quantity of blood flowing through the artery. Another diagnostic test, known as a cerebral angiogram, is also used to determine the level of blockage.Carotid artery blockage treatment depends upon the severity of the blockage, and the type of symptoms.Some times you might need DSA or digital subtraction angiography.
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