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Carotid Artery Disease & Strokes in Dallas, TX

Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats carotid artery disease & strokes for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.

Carotid artery disease is a severe medical condition that describes blockage within the main arteries of the neck, known as “carotid arteries.” These arteries pump the blood that flows to your brain. As plaque builds up in these arteries, the blood flow to your brain slows and, in the most severe cases, blood flow stops completely—causing a stroke.

WHAT CAUSES CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE?

Over time, the arteries within the body can become blocked by fatty deposits. This is especially severe within the carotid arteries. While this occurs in some degree to everyone, having some of the risk factors below can speed up the process and cause the disease to emerge.

AM I AT RISK FOR CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE?

Some of the most common risk factors associated with carotid artery disease (leading to stroke) are the following:

  • Age
  • Family history of CAD or stroke
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity

HOW CAN I PREVENT CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE?

Avoiding the risk factors when possible is the best way to prevent CAD and possibly stroke from occurring. Getting exercise to lose excess weight and to keep the body moving will help avoid a stroke. Working with your doctor is the best way to make sure you are doing everything possible to prevent CAD or reduce the impact on your health.

HOW IS CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE TREATED?

Besides avoiding the risk factors mentioned above by quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and being physically active, medicines can be used to treat blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent blood clots. Surgery or procedure options include: carotid endarterectomy and carotid angioplasty and stenting.

 

Whether you have Carotid Artery Disease or just want to work with an expert to prevent it from occurring, Vanguard Vascular & Vein can help. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons http://www.thevanguardway.com/about-us/meet-the-doctors-in-dallas-tx/ in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.

Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us http://www.thevanguardway.com/about-us/ page.

 

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