Carotid artery disease is when fatty deposits – known as plaque – block the blood vessels that bring blood to the brain and head. If not properly treated, this condition can lead to a stroke.
You may be at risk for carotid artery disease if you have one or more of the following risk factors:
- Family history of coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Sleep apnea
If you have coronary artery disease, you are at an increased risk for stroke or transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke” (TIA).
For many people, the first signs of carotid artery disease is suffering a stroke or TIA. The signs and symptoms of stroke or TIA may include sudden onset of:
- Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
- Difficulty speaking or understanding others’ speech
- Dizziness or trouble keeping balance
- Numbness or weakness in the limbs or face
- Severe headache
At the University of Miami Health System, our experts provide minimally invasive treatment to improve blood flow and treat carotid artery disease.
Why Choose UHealth?
Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.
Advanced, hard-to-find procedures. Our doctors are committed to caring for every patient. That’s why they offer the latest treatments, including limb salvage, endovascular grafting and thoracic outlet decompression, to improve your blood flow.
Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.
All the care you need, from one physician. Our vascular surgeons perform a wide range of procedures so you can have the same physician for any vascular care you need as your condition changes. Whether you need a stent replaced or a vein grafted, you can always turn to the doctor you trust.
Experienced doctors, reliable results. UHealth vascular surgeons perform hundreds of stent placements, angiograms and more every year. You can rely on their experience to help you avoid complications and have a positive outcome.