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Carotid artery disease

Accurate diagnoses to reduce your chance of stroke

If you have recently been diagnosed with carotid artery disease, you need treatment from a team of heart and vascular experts that are committed to reducing your chance of a stroke. In addition to helping you make the necessary lifestyle changes, the team at Novant Health UVA Health System can provide a variety of treatment options to ensure you continue living a happy and healthy life.

Learn more about carotid artery disease treatments.

The carotid arteries supply blood to the front part of the brain that controls thinking, speech, personality and motor functions. Carotid artery disease, or carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the arteries become clogged with fat and cholesterol traveling in your blood. This can cause blockages which prevent oxygen from reaching this part of your brain and cause a stroke.

Risk factors

Risk factors for carotid artery disease including being overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Symptoms of carotid artery disease:

You may not have any symptoms of carotid artery disease. However, you may have the most important warning sign stroke, a serious result of this disease. . A transient ischemic attack (also called TIA or "mini-stroke") is one of the most important warning signs of a stroke. A TIA occurs when a blood clot briefly blocks an artery that supplies blood to the brain. The following symptoms of a TIA, which are temporary and may last a few minutes or a few hours, can occur alone or in combination:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Weakness and/or numbness on one side of the face, in one arm or leg or on one side of the body
  • Slurred speech, difficulty talking or understanding what others are saying
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Difficulty swallowing

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