Carotid Artery Disease in Dallas, TX
What are Carotid Arteries?
Carotid arteries are found on either side of the neck, and are responsible for supplying blood to the neck and head. Also known as the common carotid arteries, the left one extends directly from the aorta while the right one is attached to the brachiocephalic artery, which also is attached to the aorta.
Carotid Artery Disease Explained
When carotid arteries become blocked, they become unable to transport blood to the head and neck. This normally occurs as a result of plaque buildup inside the arteries, which can be caused by high cholesterol. This plaque accumulates over a period of time, and when left untreated, can cause the arteries to rupture, thereby leading to stroke or even death.
Carotid artery disease can also lead to a condition known as transient ischemic attack, or TIA. This condition is similar to a stroke and results whenever blood flow to the brain is inhibited. This is normally caused by a blood clot, which only temporary stops or slows blood flow. Once the blood begins to flow normally again, symptoms subside. Sometimes dubbed a “mini-stroke”, a TIA is a serious condition that serves as a warning you could suffer from a full-fledged stroke in the near future.
Symptoms of TIA normally go away within 20 minutes, while symptoms of a stroke will persist much longer. Some symptoms of TIA and stroke include sudden:
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or difficulty speaking
- Numbness or tingling in the face, hands, arms or legs (usually only on one side of the body)
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Severe headache, when accompanied by any of the other symptoms
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately. A combination of diet, exercise, and medication may be needed in order to remove blockage from the carotid arteries in order to prevent future strokes or mini-strokes from occurring.
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