Carotid artery disease, or carotid stenosis, is a narrowing or constriction of the inner surface (lumen) of the carotid artery.

The carotid artery is the large artery whose pulse can be felt on both sides of the neck under the jaw. It starts from the aorta as the common carotid artery, and at the throat it forks into the internal carotid artery and the external carotid artery. The internal carotid artery supplies the brain, and the external carotid artery supplies the face. This fork is a common site for atherosclerosis, an inflammatory buildup of plaque that can narrow the common or internal artery.

Diagnosing Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease can be diagnosed with a flow duplex ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries in the neck, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or computed tomography angiogram (CTA). Each imaging modality has its advantages and disadvantages - the investigation chosen will depend on each patient’s unique case.

Benefits of Choosing Emory for Carotid Artery Disease Diagnosis & Treatment

Carotid artery disease treatment at Emory involves multidisciplinary physician teams including vascular neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists depending on the needs of the patient. State-of-the-art technology and highly experienced physicians provide safe and effective treatment to reduce the risk of stroke from carotid stenosis, including risk factor control through medications and carotid endarterectomy or carotid angioplasty with stenting for selected cases of carotid stenosis.

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