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
- High levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- 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.