Carotid Artery Disease (CAD)
The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. These important arteries can become narrowed or blocked from a build-up of fatty plaque deposits, resulting in carotid artery disease, or CAD. This build-up is similar to what happens in atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
Carotid artery disease restricts blood flow and may cause a blood clot to form. It also can lead to a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or “mini-stroke”).
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Lifestyle changes or medication may improve carotid artery disease. Up-to-date treatments include carotid artery surgery to remove the blockage surgically or use stents to open the blocked artery.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating CAD, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Blank Vascular Center.