Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, is a common cause for stroke. You want to understand more about this vascular disease and the risks for yourself, or for someone you care for.
The carotid arteries are the main blood vessels, one on each side of your neck, that carry blood up to your brain. If you’re diagnosed with this disease, it means a fatty deposit (plaque) has built up in one or both of the carotid arteries and this plaque is restricting blood flow to your brain. Pieces of this plaque can break off and briefly block the artery, causing a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or “mini stroke,” or break off and completely block the artery, causing a stroke.