Endarterectomy for Unknown Stenosis With No Symptoms
Thinking about your family history or other information, you may
be wondering whether you should have a carotid endarterectomy. If you haven't
had symptoms (such as a TIA or mild stroke) and do not know the percentage of
stenosis (narrowing) in your carotid arteries, you are not ready to make a
decision. People who have no symptoms of carotid artery stenosis do not need to
have tests to check for narrowed carotid arteries.
Talk with your doctor if you
are worried about your risk for stroke or TIA.
When Ramona Richman's older sister was diagnosed with high cholesterol, Richman wasn't worried about her own risk. The San Francisco Bay Area stay-at-home mom had her weight under control and assumed that her diet was healthy. So when her doctor broke the news that she, too, had high cholesterol, she was shocked. Her reading of 269 mg/dL was well over the desirable level of less than 200 mg/dL. "My sister had high cholesterol and went on medication, so I imagine that it's a genetic thing," Richman,...