Carotid artery disease

Carotid artery disease

Carotid artery disease is where plaque — a waxy substance — builds up inside the carotid arteries. You have two common carotid arteries, which are on either side of your neck. Each one divides into external and internal carotid arteries.

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  • The external carotid arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to your scalp, face, and neck, while the internal carotid arteries supply your brain with oxygen-rich blood.

    Diagnosis for the condition

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  • Your physician will diagnose carotid artery disease based on a review of your medical history, a physical exam, and the results of various tests.

    Treating carotid artery disease

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  • Treatments for carotid artery disease may include medicines, lifestyle changes, and medical procedures. The aims of treatment for carotid artery disease are to prevent the disease from worsening and to avoid a stroke.

    Your treatment will depend on how severe the disease is, your symptoms, and your age and overall health.