What Causes Blocking or Narrowing Of The Carotid Artery?

The major blood vessels in your neck that supply the blood to your brain, neck, and face are your carotid arteries. You have two carotid arteries (right and left). Your internal carotid artery supplies the blood to your brain. Your external carotid artery supplies the blood to your face and neck.

If you have blocking or narrowing of your carotid artery, vascular surgeon, Dr. Alan Benvenisty, may perform a carotid artery stenting along with balloon angioplasty. This procedure opens your artery and reduces the occurrence of re-blockage dramatically. When fatty deposits (plaques) clog your blood vessels it can increase your risk of stroke.

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or high blood-fat levels or are obese these health conditions increase your risk of carotid artery disease. In addition, habits such as tobacco use and lack of exercise can cause blocking or narrowing or your carotid artery. Family history, sleep apnea and age all can play a role in developing it as well.

The Mayo Clinic suggests ways to prevent or slow the progression of carotid artery disease. Their suggestions include:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit cholesterol and fat
  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit salt
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol
  • Control chronic conditions

If you have carotid artery blockage, contact Dr. Alan I. Benvenisty today. He is a highly respected vascular and endovascular surgeon in New York City. He favors minimally invasive options and treatments for arterial repair whenever possible. To speak with Dr. Benvenisty personally regarding your vascular concerns, contact his Amsterdam Avenue office today.

Posted on behalf of Alan I. Benvenisty, MD