Carotid heart disease is a cardiovascular condition that can go undetected and present few symptoms until it becomes more advanced. At Dignity Health Central California, our comprehensive team of heart specialists can help reduce your chances for developing heart disease and identify carotid artery disease symptoms.
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Understanding Carotid Artery Disease at Dignity Health Central California
Carotid artery disease is generally diagnosed after you have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or “mini-stroke.” The blood vessels running along both sides of your neck are called carotid arteries. These arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to your brain and can become narrowed from cholesterol-based plaque, causing several health problems, including stroke and the slow deterioration of brain tissue.
Dignity Health Central California heart care is offered at the following hospitals:
To determine your risks for developing carotid artery disease, try our online online heart health assessment.
Prevention & Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease risk factors are the same as those for heart disease. High cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels make you more likely to develop the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle. You can learn more about your risk of blood sugar levels and diabetes by taking our online diabetes risk assessment.
Heart-healthy living is the key to prevention and treatment of carotid artery disease. The food you eat, daily activity, medications to reduce risk factors, and, if necessary, surgery to clear your carotid arteries will help keep your heart beating strong.
Find out more about signs of carotid artery disease by talking to one of our experts. We’re committed to your well-being and can create a plan that helps you take control of your heart health.
Dignity Health Central California offers comprehensive heart care for cardiovascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.