Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, is the narrowing of the carotid arteries, usually caused by atherosclerosis.
In its early stages, carotid artery disease often doesn't produce any signs or symptoms. The condition may go unnoticed until it's serious enough to deprive your brain of blood, causing a stroke or TIA.
Signs and symptoms of a stroke or TIA include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face or limbs, often on only one side of the body
- Sudden trouble speaking and understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness or loss of balance
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- Medical History
- Physical Examination
After that, your doctor may recommend:
- Carotid Doppler USG (Carotid Doppler Ultrasonography)
- CT or MRI, to look for evidence of stroke or other abnormalities.
- CT angiography or MR angiography, which provides additional images of blood flow in the carotid arteries.
• Lifestyle changes
• Carotid endarterectomy
• Carotid angioplasty and stenting
For medical and surgical treatment consult General and Neurophysicen at Aadil hospital.