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Your carotid arteries are the two main blood vessels in the neck that supply your brain with fresh, oxygen-rich blood. Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty plaque deposits collect on artery walls and interfere with blood flow.
You may experience stroke or other serious health problems from carotid artery blockage. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to avoiding major complications.
Want to know if you are at risk for stroke? Take our free stroke risk assessment and discuss your results with a Dignity Health Central California doctor. Our providers deliver care with humankindness if you need carotid artery disease treatment in Central California.
Carotid artery disease treatment aims to prevent the loss of brain tissue due to poor oxygen supply and lower your risk of stroke. This can be accomplished by restoring proper flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain.
There are several approaches to treating carotid artery disease. Depending on the details of your case, your Dignity Health Central California doctor will recommend a treatment strategy based on one or more of the following methods:
You may need a combination of these treatments to achieve your treatment goals.
Your doctor will consider several factors in determining the best strategy to treat your carotid artery disease. These factors include your age, overall health, the severity of your condition, and your personal preferences.
If you have not experienced a major complication such as stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), you may opt for a conservative, noninvasive approach to treatment. However, surgery is likely to be recommended if you have had a stroke or your condition is severe.
Be sure to ask about the risks, benefits, and likely outcomes of all available treatments.
Follow these tips to reduce your risk:
To have a detailed discussion about your heart and vascular health with a knowledgeable provider, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Central California today.
Dignity Health Central California provides advanced carotid artery disease treatments in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.