Carotid Artery Disease | Vascular Surgeons Phoenix | Mesa
Carotid Artery Disease is a silent killer. It has no obvious symptoms, yet results from a gradual build-up of plaque, called atherosclerosis, that can result in a stroke, or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is restricted or when a piece of the blockage breaks off and lodges in the artery or in a smaller vessel.
Symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden loss of vision, blurred vision, or difficulty in seeing out of one or both eyes
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness on one side of the face, one side of the body, or in one arm or leg
- Sudden difficulty in walking, loss of balance, lack of coordination
- Sudden dizziness and/or confusion
- Difficulty speaking (called aphasia)
- Sudden severe headache
- Problems with memory
- Difficulty swallowing (called dysphagia)
Carotid Artery Disease can be corrected with surgery to restore blood flow to the brain. Carotid procedures may take the form of an endarterectomy or an angioplasty with stent placement to enlarged narrowed areas (stenosis) and clear blockages.
Drs. Vranic and Tarlian believe that well-informed patients who are involved and proactive in their care are more likely to achieve better outcomes. To help facilitate this, they will be happy to personally consult with you to answer your questions and fully-explain the treatment options for your condition.