Carotid Stenosis

Carotid Stenosis Overview

Carotid artery disease (C.A.D.), also called carotid stenosis, is when the carotid arteries – the two large blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain – become narrow as a result of plaque build-up. Other diseases can also result in C.A.D. If left untreated, carotid artery disease can lead to a stroke.

More than 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year in the United States, more than half of which is caused by C.A.D. Some conditions that can damage your arteries and put you at risk of C.A.D. include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Physical inactivity
  • Family history

Although this disease does not often present with symptoms, there are tests (i.e., carotid ultrasound, angiogram, CT scan, etc.,) that can identify this condition. If the condition reaches the point of stroke, symptoms might include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs (typically on one side of the body)
  • Drooping on one side of the face
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble speaking or comprehending

Treatment Options

  • Medical management
  • Ongoing monitoring of vascular health
  • Diagnostic ultrasound and arteriography
  • Endovascular treatment (angioplasty, stents)
  • Carotid endarterectomy
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