Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Artery Disease

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.

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The carotid arteries are the large arteries on each side of the neck that supply blood to the head and brain. Carotid artery disease involves a buildup of fatty deposits or “plaque” that can narrow and block blood flow through the arteries, possibly leading to a stroke. Nearly 700,000 people in the United States experience a stroke each year; 200,000 of them are repeat strokes.
Signs & symptoms

Carotid artery disease may never show signs until a stroke has occurred. Call 911 immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of a stroke, which 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
  • Uncontrollable eye movements or eye drooping
Risk factors
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Family history
  • Age

Diagnosis of carotid artery disease typically includes a medical evaluation and review of family history and risk factors. Testing may include:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT or MRI
  • CT angiography or MR angiography

Minimally-invasive treatment options include:

  • Clot-busting medications delivered through catheters to the affected area
  • The insertion of a small wire tube (stent) to help clear and widen the affected arteries
  • Surgical removal of the plaque blocking the arteries
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Miami Vascular Specialists offers highly specialized experience in every facet of radiology, utilizing current and progressive protocols with the most innovative techniques for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic intervention.

Miami Vascular Specialists

8950 North Kendall Drive
Suite 504 W
Miami, FL, 33176
Billing Questions: (305) 274-2030