This question was answered on Tue 02, Nov 2010 03:32am by Dr Amit Gupta

Blocked carotid artery and headaches

    
Asked by amp83 (Female; 55; high cholesterol. Always had low cholesterol, 145-165 until last year when for the first time it was 245. Have really bad headaches sometimes. ) on Sat 04, Apr 2009 11:41am

Severe headaches for several years. No one can figure out why. About a year and a half ago my gynecologist told me to start taking B2. It has helped but still get them sometimes. I just found out that I have 55% blockage of the left carotid artery. Could the headaches be caused by that? I know some of the headaches are sinus headaches.

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Answer by Dr Amit Gupta  on Tue 02, Nov 2010 03:32am:

Hi there, thanks for writing in this forum. You have not described your severe headache in more details (such as quality, location, duration, time course etc). Such headaches can be due to numerous reasons and, yes, vascular disorders (blood vessel related disorders including a partial blockage of carotid artery) are amongst them. A blockage of the carotid artery may result into physical or pathophysiological changes (such as distension, traction, dilatation, displacement, inflammation etc) to cause severe headache and sometimes may pose further ill-effects. However, a causal relationship between your headache and the blockage of your left carotid artery needs proper evaluation by a Neurologist as you might need further tests and treatment. Hope this information helps you. Regards
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