Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Do I really need carotid artery surgery?

I am 86 years old and have high blood pressure and diabetes. My doctor ordered tests to check my carotid arteries. They showed that one was nearly 70% blocked. My doctor said I had to have surgery right away or I would have a stroke. Is she right?
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