Unlike more aggressive cardiovascular conditions, carotid heart disease can go undetected and present few symptoms until it becomes more advanced.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our team of skilled cardiologists can help limit your chances for developing heart disease and identify carotid artery disease symptoms — all while providing personal care with humankindness.
Find a Doctor today to discuss your risk factors for carotid artery disease on the Central Coast of California.
What is Carotid Artery Disease?
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or “mini-stroke,” often provides the first sign that you have carotid artery disease.
Carotid arteries are the blood vessels running along both sides of your neck. They deliver oxygen-rich blood to your brain. In carotid artery disease, these vessels become narrowed from the buildup of cholesterol-based plaque. Narrowed, or constricted, arteries can cause several health problems, including stroke and the slow deterioration of brain tissue.
To determine your risks for developing carotid artery disease, try our quick HeartAware Assessment.
Prevention & Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease at Dignity Health
The risk factors for carotid artery disease are the same as those of heart disease. High cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels make you more likely to develop the condition, as does smoking, a poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle.
Prevention and treatment of carotid artery disease at Dignity Health Central Coast focuses on heart-healthy living. Our cardiac care team will create a personalized strategy to help keep your heart beating strong through the food you eat, daily activity, medications to reduce risk factors, and, if necessary, surgery to clear your carotid arteries.
Talk to one of our experts as the first step in taking control of your heart health and preventing carotid artery disease.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive care for cardiovascular conditions, including carotid artery disease, throughout California’s Central Coast.