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Carotid Artery Disease

 
CAROTID arteries are the main blood vessels in the neck that send blood to the eyes and brain. There are two carotid arteries in the neck: one on the right side and one on the left side. 

Side-view illustration of a carotid artery, which are the main blood vessels in your neck that send blood to your eyes and brain.

 

A buildup of cholesterol in the arteries causes a plaque to form. This buildup eventually narrows or hardens the arteries. Pieces of plaque can break off into the blood stream, slowing or blocking blood flow to the eyes and brain.

Vision problems may be warning signs of carotid artery disease. One may notice that one side of the body is weak or numb, and or may lose vision on the same side of body.

Know the warning signs of a possible blocked carotid artery. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor right away.

People at increased risk for carotid artery disease are those who:

Except for family history, one has some control over these risk factors. Talk with your doctor about ways to help reduce risk of carotid artery disease. Your doctor may suggest a healthy diet, stay at a good weight, be active each day, and possibly take medicine.

Diagnosis of carotid artery disease

 

Tests may include certain types of scans of the body. Those scans can show how well blood is flowing through your carotid arteries. An Eye exam with photography and OCT would be helpful.

Treatment of carotid artery disease

A team of doctors is necessaryto treat carotid artery disease. Treatment may include:

Author
Paddy Kalish OD, JD and B.Arch

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