Carotid Artery Disease & Stroke Prevention
Carotid Artery Disease affects the arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. Fatty material called plaque can build up inside the carotid arteries, causing them to narow and reduce blood flow containing oxygen to the brain. This can lead to serious health issues such as memory loss, difficulty with language and vision, paralysis, stroke or even death.
What are the warning signs?
- Weakness or numbness of the face or extremities
- Difficulty in speaking or understanding
- Trouble with vision
- Dizziness or trouble walking
How will your doctor know if you have C.A.D.?
If your doctor suspects that you have carotid artery disease after reviewing your medical history, risk factors, and symptoms, he or she may give you a series of tests and examinations designed to measure how well your blood is flowing through your arteries and identify areas of concern. One type of test your physician may refer you out for is a Carotid Duplex:
The Vascular Clinic performs these ultrasound test.
How is C.A.D. treated?
Carotid Artery Disease can be managed in several ways. Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan for you based on your symptoms, test results, medical history, and future potential risks. This plan may include lifestyle changes and medications to relieve your pain and symptoms, or surgical procedures to increase blood flow through your arteries.
What should you ask your vascular specialist?
- Should I be screened for Carotid Artery Disease?
- What should I do if my screening shows something abnormal?
- What are my treatment options?
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS AT RISK FOR C.A.D., TALK WITH YOUR VASCULAR SPECIALIST TODAY.
The Vascular Clinic #(407) 818-1111