CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE
More Artery Conditions
What is Carotid Artery Disease?
Carotid artery disease occurs when plaque builds up within the arteries that supply blood to the brain. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other material that deposits to varying degrees in the arteries to minimally, partially or completely block the arteries that the brain depends on to keep functioning normally. When significant blockage occurs in this artery, there is increased risk of stroke due to the burden of plaque present.
What are the Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease?
Carotid artery disease is often silent but can also present with signs of stroke including:
Weakness/numbness – often on one side of the face/body
Change/loss of vision
Change in speech
Dizziness and/or imbalance