Carotid Syndrome Treatment
Treatment for carotid sinus hypersensitivity includes avoiding placing pressure on the front of the neck. Other common measures include avoiding stimulants, caffeine, and cold medicines. More severe cases may require treatment with a pacemaker.
Treatment options for carotid sinus hypersensitivity include:
- Avoid constricting the carotid arteries:
- Avoid rubbing the front of your neck.
- Avoid tight collars.
- Avoid stimulants:
- Cold medications
- Pacemaker therapy for carotid sinus hypersensitivity
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors:
Carotid Syndrome Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of carotid sinus hypersensitivity.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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