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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Carotid Arteries

11/05/2009

Question:

My 46 year old mon just had a carotid artery test and was told that she has less than 50% blockage on the right and left. My question is- is there anything she can do to improve this. Are these numbers bad? Her own Mom died of a sudden heartattack at 39 years of age.

Answer:

Carotid stenosis of < 50% is considered mild-moderate. Plaque build up in any artery can be helped with tight control of cholesterol levels, with either diet, exercise, medications or a combination of these. This will prevent progression of the stenosis.

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Karen   Kutoloski, DO Karen Kutoloski, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University