Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease

What is it?

The carotid arteries branch off from the aorta up the neck and lead to the head and the brain. This disease is the result of a build-up of plaque, or fatty deposits, in the carotid arteries that deliver oxygen-rich blood to the head and brain. Clogged carotid arteries can result in stroke. A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, may result. TIAs cause brief neurologic dysfunction such as slurred speech, temporary blindness or weakness on one side of the body. These are early warning signs of a future stroke and may be the first indication of carotid artery disease.

How is it Treated?

Carotid artery stenting and endarterectomy are effective procedures for the treatment of carotid artery disease.

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