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The human brain. Consider it mission control for your body — keeping all other systems of the body in check. But like all other parts of the body, the body needs oxygen-rich blood to keep it functioning. The carotid arteries are one of the major sets of arteries responsible for delivering blood to the brain.
Carotid artery disease is responsible for more than a third of all strokes, which affect more than 750,000 people in the U.S. each year. At the office of State of the Heart Cardiology & Vascular Clinics, our skilled professionals are dedicated to maintaining optimal heart health for all of our patients, and are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating heart conditions of al kinds.
Carotid artery disease happens when the arteries become narrowed due to the accumulation of a fatty substance called plaque. When the build up of plaque gets to the point that it obstructs blood flow to the brain, a person can develop a stroke. This constitutes an emergency that requires prompt treatment.
The good news is that there are steps a person can take to lessen their risk of developing carotid artery disease — primarily, living a healthy lifestyle that includes a diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats, regular exercise, and eliminating smoking.
Treatment options for carotid artery disease are customized to the patient based on the degree of narrowing in the arteries, patient’s age and other factors. Medications, non-invasive procedures and surgical options can effectively treat the buildup of plaque in the arteries and dissolve blood clots that can cause a stroke.
If you suffer from a heart condition or chest pain, the office of State of the Heart Cardiology & Vascular Clinics is here to help. We will work to diagnose your condition and give you the skilled treatment you deserve. Your care and comfort are top priorities and we will take the time to address your every concern and explain your options in care. For more information, give us a call today.
By State of the Heart Cardiology & Vascular Clinics
January 25, 2021