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A substance called plaque (fat and cholesterol deposits on the inside blood vessel walls) accumulates inside your arteries as you age. When plague builds up in your carotid arteries, this can be very dangerous since these are the main arteries in your neck that supply blood to your brain. If too much plaque builds up, the carotid arteries will narrow (called carotid stenosis). Carotid stenosis can cause abnormal blood flow, leading to blood clots. The clots can then break off and travel to the brain, causing a minor or major stroke.
Of adults 60 and older, up to 3% have carotid artery disease. Aging, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease increase your risk.
Carotid stenosis is responsible for as many as one-third of all strokes. Stroke is one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States, and more than 700,000 people have strokes every year. During middle age, men are more likely to have a stroke than women, but the gender ratio reverses for people 85 and older, when women are more likely to experience a stroke.
There are a few tests that can detect carotid diseases.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing carotid disease symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of WakeMed’s experienced vascular specialists.
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