Carotid artery disease, or narrowing of the neck arteries, is generally caused by atherosclerosis (plaque). Diagnosis is typically made by ultrasound. Medical treatment includes smoking cessation, medications aimed at preventing heart attack and stroke, and exercise. Patients with severe carotid artery disease (especially those with neurologic symptoms such as stroke or TIA) may need to undergo a procedure to restore the blood flow with either surgery or a stent.
- carotid artery disease
- carotid stenosis
- carotid ultrasound
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine