Carotid Artery Disease
What is Carotid Artery Disease?
Carotid artery disease is a cardiovascular condition where the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed or blocked due to plaque buildup. This narrowing can restrict blood flow, leading to transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or increasing the risk of stroke.
Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease
Often, this condition may present no symptoms until a significant blockage occurs. However, possible warning signs can include:
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one eye
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body or face
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden, severe headaches
- Dizziness or loss of balance
Management of carotid artery disease may include:
- Medications such as antiplatelets to prevent blood clots, and statins to lower cholesterol
- Lifestyle changes like a healthy diet, exercise, and quitting smoking
- Surgical procedures like carotid endarterectomy or angioplasty and stenting for more severe cases
If you are experiencing symptoms or have risk factors for carotid artery disease, early diagnosis and intervention are crucial. Schedule your appointment with our vascular specialists today for a thorough evaluation and an individualized treatment plan.
Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke or other acute conditions, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.