Carotid artery disease occurs when one – or both – of the major blood vessels that transport blood to your brain become blocked. Located on either side of your neck, these vessels can be blocked by a buildup of plaque or other arterial damage. If you suspect that you’re experiencing such a block, it is essential that you contact the experts at Advanced Vascular Surgery. Our team can work with you to identify the symptoms, explain the risk factors, diagnose the problem, and recommend treatment options. In today’s post, we’re going to take a closer look at this disease and – more importantly – what you can do about it.
The first thing to know about carotid artery disease is its symptoms. While there are rarely warning signs in its early stages, you may experience a transient ischemic attack. The indicators of such an attack are weakness, numbness or tingling on one side of the body; garbled speech; loss of vision in one eye; and the inability to move an arm or a leg.
Our team uses all of the latest technology to diagnose – and understand – your condition. Carotid artery disease can be diagnosed in a number of ways, including with a carotid duplex ultrasound, a CT scan, CT angiography, or with a magnetic resonance angiography.
Once diagnosed, the primary purpose of treatment is to help you avoid having a stroke. While every case is different, your doctor will be able to provide you with the information – and recommendations – that you need. In many cases, lifestyle changes and prescription medicine can resolve the issue. Occasionally, however, surgery is necessary to remove the blockage or widen the artery.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we’re committed to helping our clients seek the treatment options that they need. If you’ve been experiencing the symptoms of carotid artery disease, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.