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Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease is the buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, the blood vessel that runs along the side of the neck. This plaque occurs when cholesterol combines with other elements in the blood and hardens, creating a narrowing of the arterial passage. This allows less blood to flow through, and can lead to a blockage which can be fatal.

If you are experiencing symptoms of carotid artery disease such as sudden limb weakness or paralysis, difficulties with speech or vision, dizziness, and a severe headache, our vascular surgeons will diagnose the disease using an ultrasound, MRI, and carotid angiography (x-ray with contrasting dye). Treatment for this disease includes medications and a minimally invasive surgical procedure to place a stent. Your doctor may also discuss lifestyle changes to prevent further plaque buildup.