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Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease: A Potential Threat to Brain Health

Carotid artery disease (also known as carotid artery stenosis) occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels supplying the brain, become narrowed or blocked. This is typically due to atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty plaque within the artery walls. Reduced blood flow to the brain increases the risk of a stroke.

Who's At Risk?

The major risk factors for carotid artery disease include:

Symptoms: The Warning Signs (And the Lack Thereof)

Diagnosis: Detecting the Disease

Treating Carotid Artery Disease

Treatment aims to reduce both the narrowing and the risk of future stroke:

The Takeaway

Carotid artery disease is a serious condition, but often treatable if caught early. Here's what you can do:

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Important Note: Always consult a doctor for accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment of carotid artery disease.