Carotid Stenosis is a condition in which the Carotid Artery of a person becomes narrow, thereby limiting the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. The narrowing of the Artery is due to the accumulation of Plaque, which refers to the fatty build-up of calcium, cholesterol, and other unwanted wastes present in the blood. This condition is commonly referred to as Atherosclerosis.
Our brain cells need a constant supply of oxygen and if there is even a brief pause in the same, it can trigger serious problems. Carotid Stenosis can prevent your brain cells from getting the oxygen and nutrients that they need for their development. This can cause the brain cells to die, giving rise to serious, life-threatening complications.
What are the indications of Carotid Stenosis?
The symptoms of carotid stenosis might be silent initially and the patient is likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke due to the disrupted blood supply. This may last for a few minutes or a couple of hours, depending on which the symptoms persist. Patients who are experiencing TIA or stroke due to carotid stenosis are likely to experience the following symptoms.
What causes Carotid Stenosis?
Carotid stenosis is a result of atherosclerosis, which can be caused by various different factors. Some of the most common of these are:
When should you consider seeing a doctor?
You should see a doctor as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms. These do not necessarily mean that you have carotid stenosis and any conclusion can be reached only after thorough evaluation and assessment.
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