Your carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels located inside the neck that deliver blood to your brain and head. Carotid Artery Disease results from the build-up of waxy deposits, called plaques, over the inner surface of the arteries. These plaques can eventually decrease or block the blood supply to your brain and may lead to stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also known as “mini-stroke”, which occurs when a blood clot temporarily obstructs an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
Carotid Artery Disease is responsible for 20%−30% of all strokes. The treatment of Carotid Artery Disease may include a combination of lifestyle changes, medication and in some cases surgery.