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Turns out that my carotid artery is blocked--I have 3 choices:

1) Carotid endarterectomy which is an operation to peel away the plaque with a scalpel--surgical dangers are stroke, bleeding, infection and a slight possibility of death.

2) Angioplasty where a soft narrow tube is inserted into the groin and removes the plaque through the tube and a stent is inserted--the dangers are the same as above but recovery is faster

3) Do nothing and have a high risk of a stroke.

And what option would YOU choose????

This was posted 6-7(?) years ago and I chose #3--I am not a worrier so after the decision that was that--I didn't think of it until recently when I had a big lump on the right side of my throat--turns out it wasn't anything (whatever that means!)

I did find out this week why what I thought was my smokey, microphone ready, sexy voice wasn't anymore--seems in 2008 when I had the aorta valve replacement I had a partial paralysis of my right vocal cord while I was 'under' and I understand many strokes, even deaths, take place when one is under anesthesia--that was brought up by my new vascular surgeon when he was discussing the complications of my P.E.D. I will be going for 2 ultra sounds next week so he can see what is going on and we will go from there. Once again I am not worried as that won't do anything.

Funny but you don't hear anything about this when you are a 'kid'!

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