• Carotid artery disease occurs when the carotid arteries, which are responsible for bringing blood from the heart to the brain, become narrowed or obstructed due to plaque formation. This narrowing provides a risk of the plaque traveling to the brain and causing a stroke or mini-stroke.


  • May experience no symptoms
  • Mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) or stroke
    • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
    • Loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
    • Inability to speak clearly
    • Difficulty talking

Risk Factors

  • Increasing age
  • Smoking history
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Family history

Treatment Options

  • Risk factor management
  • Medication to slow progression
  • Smoking cessation
  • Surgery may be recommended