The carotid arteries are major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain, neck, and face. There are two carotid arteries, one on the right and one on the left.
A narrowed carotid artery is caused by plaque build-up inside the artery walls. If the artery becomes too narrow, blood flow to the brain becomes compromised, potentially causing a stroke. A carotid ultrasound screening can be used to measure blood flow in the carotid artery, including any areas of narrowing, or stenosis.
What Are the Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease
- Numbness Or Weakness In Your Face, Arm, Or Leg, Especially On One Side
- Confusion Or Trouble Understanding Other People
- Difficulty Speaking
- Trouble Seeing With One Or Both Eyes
- Problems Walking Or Staying Balanced Or Coordinated
- Severe Headache That Comes On For No Reason
Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease
- Age 50+
- Family history of carotid artery disease or coronary artery disease
- Smoking (past or present)
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol