Carotid artery dissection

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What is carotid artery dissection?

There are four carotid arteries, two on each side of the neck. They deliver blood from the heart’s main artery(aorta) to the brain. Carotid artery dissection is characterized as a tear in the artery; clot(s) can form and possibly travel to the brain resulting in a stroke.

Common symptoms reported by people with carotid artery dissection

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with carotid artery dissection

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Verapamil ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1

Data from patients with carotid artery dissection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with carotid artery dissection

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aspirin Low Dose)
Perceived effectiveness
for carotid artery dissection (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Plavix)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Verapamil ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for carotid artery dissection (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with carotid artery dissection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has carotid artery dissection on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 2
30s 8
40s 20
50s 23
60s 17
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 3
40-49 years 14
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 26
Female 51

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 38
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from carotid artery dissection patients who have completed their condition history
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