Understand Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease is a serious condition that occurs when the blood vessels in the neck that carry oxygen-rich blood to the brain (carotid arteries) become narrowed a fatty, waxy substance called plaque. Carotid artery disease is one of the primary causes of a stroke. These blockages caused by carotid artery disease can restrict blood flow to brain tissue or promote a blood clot that cuts off blood flow entirely, causing an ischemic stroke,the most common type of stroke. Identifying and treating carotid artery disease is critical in reducing the risk of a first or recurrent stroke. Learning more about carotid artery disease is an early step in working to protect your brain’s health.