• 4 months ago

    Carotid artery dissection

    I am looking for information on Carotid artery dissection. I have googled and read many pages of information.
    I am a 70 year old woman in good health.
    I do have A-Fib .... but only 3 episodes over 3 years .... all 3 episodes were due to stressful situations.
    One evening this week after i got home from work and was watching TV. My throat area of the neck ached and tightness across the chest.
    I waited for a little while ... Is this a heart attack. I decided I needed to go to the E/R and be evaluated for heart attack. It was not A-Fib ... my blood pressure was fine and even.
    When I to to the E/R they did an EKG ... normal. They did blood tests ... several ... and there was no enzymes in my blood showing I had had a heart attack. They did a chest x-ray ... normal. In the past I have had Asthma, but has been totally non existent. But they decided to give me a breathing treatment. I felt better ... but I also had been sitting on a gurney and not moving.
    I went home at 5 a.m.... and it started all over again, but worse. It was only on the right side of my front neck and going down to my breast area. I could not lay down, that made it much worse. So I sat up all night. Around 9 a.m. I called my PCP office and was able to get in that afternoon. The paid was still there. The PCP examined me and could not find anything wrong ... other than my pain. She said could be a pulled muscle (don't think so), I thought it could be Pleurisy, or it could be Carotid Artery Dissection. So treatment was to go home ... take a muscle relaxer, anti inflammatory meds, and I could take Hydrocodone. Also scheduled me for a sonogram of the Carotid. I sat up on the couch into the night. Fell asleep sitting up. But did wake up in the middle of the night and they pain was gone. I crawled into bed and slept. The sonogram was done today, but I do not have any results yet. My question ... can a carotid Artery Dissection come on quickly and go away in a day or two. I seem fine now. It just seems weird to come on so quickly and leave quickly. p.s. sorry for the long post.

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  • 4 months ago

    RE: Carotid artery dissection

    >>>Carotid artery dissection is a separation of the layers of the artery wall (that does not come and go) supplying oxygen-bearing blood to the head and brain and is the most common cause of stroke in young adults.

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      • 4 months ago
        Thank you. I understand what carotid artery dissection is. Just trying to figure out if it is what I have. Whatever is going on ... I was in real pain, unable to lay down, for over 24 hours. Just weird!