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Carotid artery disease

  • Definition: 
    • Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty deposits called plaques clog your carotid arteries. Your carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels that deliver blood to your brain and head. The buildup of plaques in these arteries blocks the blood supply to your brain and increases your risk of stroke.
  • Prevention:   The goal in treating carotid artery disease is preventing stroke. The method of treatment depends on how narrow your arteries have become:
    • In mild to moderate cases, lifestyle changes and medications may be sufficient to prevent stroke.
    • If blockage is severe or if you've already had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke, surgery or a stenting procedure may be necessary.
  • Treatment:
    • Lifestyle changes
      • Weight loss
      • Avoid smoking
      • Adhere to a low sodium, low carbohydrate, low fat diet
    • Medications
      • Aspirin
      • Blood thinners
      • ACE inhibitors
    • Procedures
      • Carotid endarterectomy.
      • Carotid angioplasty and stenting.

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Leonard J.Scuderi, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Disease Specialist
CardioFit Medical Group, Inc.
23456 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 250
Torrance, CA   90505
Phone 310-791-5577
Fax 310-791-