The human brain relies on a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to keep it functioning, blood supplied for the most part by the carotid arteries. Carotid artery disease develops when these arteries become narrowed because an accumulation of a fatty substance called plaque. Left untreated, carotid artery disease can be a life-threatening condition.
At the office of The DOCS, our highly skilled professionals are experts in the treatment of a wide spectrum of vascular conditions, including carotid artery disease. We will take the time to address your concerns, perform a thorough evaluation and develop a customized treatment plan to restore you to good health.
The danger of carotid artery disease increases with the amount of plaque build up — when it reaches the point that it obstructs blood flow to the brain, or particles of plaque break off and travel to arteries within the brain — a person can develop a stroke. This is an emergency condition that requires prompt treatment in order to prevent permanent brain injury.
These days, treatment options are customized to the patient, based on the degree of narrowing in the arteries, the patient’s age, and other factors. Treatments may be as simple as lifestyle changes to reduce hypertension and cholesterol through healthy diet, smoking cessation, and exercise. Medications may be used to treat the buildup of plaque in the arteries and to dissolve blood clots that can cause a stroke. In more serious cases, we may recommend a minimally invasive procedure where a stent is implanted to open the carotid artery.
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At the office of The DOCS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate vascular care. For more information on our office and the specific services we provide, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
July 22, 2020
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