What is Carotid Disease?
Carotid Artery Disease is one of the most common causes of stroke among Americans.
Carotid artery disease is a blockage in the carotid artery caused by plaque buildup over time. This plaque tends to narrow the arteries, making the flow of oxygen to other parts of the body difficult, which ultimately increases the risk for a stroke.
People with carotid artery disease may not experience any signs or symptoms until the carotid arteries have severely narrowed or become blocked. Sometimes, a stroke could be the first indication of the disease.
Stroke and Mini-Stroke Symptoms
- A sudden and severe headache
- Loss of balance
- Inability to move one or more limbs
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face/limbs (typically on one side of the body)
- Trouble speaking
- Trouble understanding speech