At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, our experienced neurologists and neurosurgeons tailor care to your needs. You have access to the latest therapies to accurately diagnose and effectively treat carotid artery stenosis.
Narrowing (stenosis) of the carotid arteries (located in your neck) is frequently caused by carotid artery disease, a type of cerebrovascular disease. This condition often develops over many years, with few or no symptoms.
If people do show symptoms, it may cause a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), also called a mini stroke. In both a stroke and a TIA, a blood vessel blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching your brain. Unlike a major stroke, however, a TIA only blocks blood flow for a short time. Symptoms are similar to stroke symptoms but go away on their own.
Someone with a TIA may experience sudden but short-lived:
Because many patients feel no symptoms, physicians often first identify carotid artery stenosis through routine medical testing. Sometimes doctors may suspect this condition when they hear certain sounds while listening to your neck with a stethoscope.
If your physician suspects you may have carotid artery stenosis, you may need other tests to confirm a diagnosis:
Carotid artery stenosis treatment depends on the severity of the blockage and the risk it poses to you. Learn more about AHN’s system of cerebrovascular and stroke care.
Changing your diet and exercise habits may be enough to stop the condition from worsening. Your physician may prescribe medications such as blood thinners, blood pressure-lowering medications, and cholesterol-lowering medications to further reduce your risk of having a stroke.
If the stenosis has advanced far enough, physicians may recommend a surgical procedure to remove the buildup from the affected artery. At AHN, our cerebrovascular team performs the latest techniques to treat carotid artery disease: