Carotid Artery Disease

Miami Vascular Specialists offers our patients advanced, state-of-the-art treatments for carotid artery disease. Our expertise encompasses minimally invasive vascular procedures to prevent and treat carotid artery disease and strokes.

Carotid  Arteries

Nearly 700,000 people in the United States experience a stroke each year, 200,000 of which are repeat strokes. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted. Your brain gets most of its blood supply through large arteries on each side of the neck called carotid arteries. The most common cause of a stroke is the accumulation of plaque in your carotid arteries, which narrows and blocks blood flow through the arteries. When enough plaque has built up in the carotid arteries to interfere with the flow of blood to the brain, a person is said to have carotid artery disease.

If you have carotid artery disease or if you are at risk for stroke, the physicians at Miami Vascular Specialists can often provide minimally invasive treatment. Using the most advanced procedures and the latest technology, our clinical team evaluates your condition to ensure that you receive the highest quality treatment that best suits your condition and needs. Treatments for stroke may include clot-busting medications delivered through catheters to the blocked area, the insertion of a small wire tube, called a stent, to help clear and widen your arteries, or the surgical removal of the plaque blocking your arteries.

As with all of the Miami Vascular Specialists' treatment approaches, we take a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to your treatment. At Miami Vascular Specialists, you will be seen by a group of highly skilled and experienced professionals, including vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists. Our physicians are internationally recognized as leaders in the treatment of carotid artery disease.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, you should call 911 immediately. Stroke symptoms may include:

  • Partial loss of vision in one eye;
  • Weakness, tingling, or numbness in one arm and/or leg;
  • Temporary loss of control of movement in one arm and/or leg;
  • Inability to pronounce words or speak clearly;
  • Unsteadiness, vertigo, double vision, or sudden falls;
  • Difficulty swallowing;
  • Temporary memory loss;
  • Vertigo;
  • Loss of balance;
  • Personality or mood changes;
  • Drowsiness or loss of consciousness; and
  • Uncontrollable eye movements or eye drooping.