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What Is Carotid Artery Disease?

Carotid Disease is a blockage of the arteries that supply blood flow to the brain primarily in the neck. Usually when we see patients who have Carotid Disease they can either have symptoms or have no symptoms whatsoever. Symptoms generally are a stroke, mini-strokes sometimes referred to as TIAs or they can develop something called Amaurosis Fugax which means it’s almost like somebody pulls a shade down over their eye on the affected side. Usually the blindness in the eye will last up to 2o minutes or half and hour and then resolve. Those are all signals or symptoms of carotid disease. Carotid Disease has many of the same risk factors as Peripheral Vascular Disease – patients who have high blood pressure, who smoke, who have diabetes, high cholesterol. Many patients will also have a genetic predisposition for carotid disease having had many family members who may have had a stroke or may have had severe carotid disease as well.