Carotid Artery Disease
DMC Medical Group offer advanced treatment options for cardiovascular disease including carotid artery disease. When left untreated, this condition can be life-threatening. Turn to our medical professionals to offer expert treatment in a welcoming setting.
Understanding Carotid Artery Disease
The carotid arteries are two major blood vessels that transport blood to the brain and head. They branch up from the aorta and are located on the left and the right side of the neck. Both divide into an internal carotid artery – which carries blood to the brain – and an external carotid artery – which carries blood to the face and neck. They are the reason you can feel a pulse emitting from the neck.
Carotid artery disease causes these vital arteries to narrow and eventually become blocked due to a gradual buildup of plaque and fatty deposits. The result is oxygen deprivation to the brain, which is highly detrimental to the body’s ability to function.
Since carotid artery disease progresses over time, symptoms may not manifest until a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, TIA, take place. Symptoms of a stroke or TIA are sudden and include:
- Numbness or Weakness in the Face
- Numbness or Weakness in the Limbs
- Difficulty Speaking
- Vision Problems
- Dizziness or Balance Problems
- Severe Headache
Treating Carotid Arter Disease
The doctors at DMC Medical Group encourage you to communicate your expectations and preferences when it comes to treatment so we can develop a plan you feel comfortable with. We will guide you and make recommendations based on your:
- Medical History
- Specific Symptoms
- Progression of the Disease
These will include diet and lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery. If you know you are at risk of carotid artery disease or other forms of cardiovascular disease, it is important to discuss your preferences for medical treatment in the event of an emergency.
Contact Our Office
DMC Medical Group is in your corner to help you navigate your cardiovascular health. Our goal is to provide an accurate diagnosis and effective plan of treatment. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring staff.