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Carotid Artery Disease
Checking a pulse on the left Carotid Artery

Carotid Artery Disease

The carotid arteries, which are on each side of your neck, supply blood to the front part of the brain. Carotid Artery Disease is a condition in which these two arteries can become narrowed due to cholesterol, fat, and other substances. If a blockage occurs in the carotid arteries it can increase your risk of stroke.

There are several risk factors for the development of carotid artery disease. They include:

  • A family history of carotid artery disease, coronary artery disease, or vascular disease
  • Age
  • High levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle

You may not notice symptoms of carotid artery disease, but you can detect warning signs of a stroke.  Such as:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Weakness and/or numbness on one side of the face, arm, leg, or side of the body
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Difficulty swallowing

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms call 911 immediately. Immediate treatment can save your life and increase your chance for a full recovery.

If you have any of the risk factors mentioned about, ask your doctor if you should be tested for carotid artery disease.  Don’t wait until it’s too late.