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I have subclavian steal syndrome. Am I on the right path of management? 

I have subclavian steal syndrome on my left side. I have had carotid ultrasound and CT Scan. Doctor does not recommend surgery at this time. Another ultrasound in August. Am I on the right path? 

submitted by Mary from Santa Fe, New Mexico on 6/23/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, J. Michael Duncan, MD  

J. Michael Duncan, MDThe best answer to your question depends on whether or not you are having symptoms associated with subclavian steal, and if you have other medical issues that influence your overall health.  If symptoms are present, pursuing definitive treatment for subclavian steal, whether interventional or surgical, is justifiable.     

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