Carotid artery disease, or carotid artery stenosis, is a blockage and backup of fatty deposits (called plaques) in the carotid arteries, vessels in the neck that carry blood to the face, head, and brain, that can lead to heart attack, stroke, or a transient ischemic attack. Reports have shown that 1 out of every 15 deaths are caused by stroke and has become the leading cause of permanent disability in the United States.
The most common cause of carotid artery disease is
Risk factors involved include
Carotid artery disease can be easily detected using a stethoscope during a routine checkup in most cases. After a complete family history evaluation and physical examination, our vascular team may recommend the following tests for a more complete diagnosis:
You can safeguard against carotid artery stenosis by:
Once carotid artery disease shows progression and is likely to be an imminent danger to your health, our vascular team will decide on the following surgical treatments:
Minimally invasive technique under local anesthesia
Carotid angioplasty and stenting is performed by threading a tiny balloon through a catheter to open the area around the clog and then a wire mesh stent is placed to keep the vessel open and clear of obstruction.
Invasive technique under general anesthesia
Carotid endarterectomy is performed by making an incision in your neck and surgically removing the plaque from the artery.
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