Over time, as substances begin to build up and form a plaque on the arterial wall, the person may feel no outward symptoms. Their body copes with the narrowed arteries and they continue feeling normal.
In fact, all of the following things can happen in early carotid artery disease without the patient being aware of them until a health emergency, like a stroke, happens:
- The artery becomes extremely narrowed
- A piece of plaque breaks off and travels to the smaller arteries of the brain
- A blood clot forms
- Blood vessels become obstructed
When the carotid arteries are blocked, you are at an increased risk of stroke, which is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, people with carotid artery disease often don’t even realize they have it.
Here’s a look at the risk factors and common symptoms for carotid artery disease, as well as along with common symptoms, diagnosis methods, and treatment procedures that you may experience at Maryland Vascular Specialists.