Thousands of patients have put their hearts in our capable hands over the years. If you or a loved one suffers from or is at risk of cardiovascular disease, we can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Carondelet Medical Group – St. Mary’s at (520) 396-1370, OR Carondelet Medical Group – Cardiology East at (520) 886-3432.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carondelet Medical Group offer advanced treatment options for cardiovascular disease including carotid artery disease. When left untreated, this condition can be life-threatening. Turn to our medical professionals to offer expert treatment in a welcoming setting.
Understanding Carotid Artery Disease
The carotid arteries are two major blood vessels that transport blood to the brain and head. They branch up from the aorta and are located on the left and the right side of the neck. Both divide into an internal carotid artery – which carries blood to the brain – and an external carotid artery – which carries blood to the face and neck. They are the reason you can feel a pulse emitting from the neck.
Carotid artery disease causes these vital arteries to narrow and eventually become blocked due to a gradual buildup of plaque and fatty deposits. The result is oxygen deprivation to the brain, which is highly detrimental to the body’s ability to function.
Since carotid artery disease progresses over time, symptoms may not manifest until a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, TIA, take place. Symptoms of a stroke or TIA are sudden and include:
- Numbness or Weakness in the Face
- Numbness or Weakness in the Limbs
- Difficulty Speaking
- Vision Problems
- Dizziness or Balance Problems
- Severe Headache
Treating Carotid Artery Disease
The doctors at Carondelet Medical Group encourage you to communicate your expectations and preferences when it comes to treatment so we can develop a plan you feel comfortable with. We will guide you and make recommendations based on your:
- Medical History
- Specific Symptoms
- Progression of the Disease
These will include diet and lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery. If you know you are at risk of carotid artery disease or other forms of cardiovascular disease, it is important to discuss your preferences for medical treatment in the event of an emergency.
Contact Our Office
Embark on your medical journey with Carondelet medical group in your corner. We want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible placing your confidence in our guidance. Contact our offices, Carondelet Medical Group – St. Mary’s at (520) 396-1370, or Carondelet Medical Group – Cardiology East at (520) 886-3432 to schedule an appointment with a member of our compassionate staff.