Doctors for Carotid Artery Disease in Belavanki, Hubli-Dharwad
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CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE
Carotid Artery Disease is a medical condition in which a waxy substance builds in the carotid arteries. The internal carotid supply oxygen rich blood to brain, while the external carotid arteries supply oxygen rich blood to your face, neck and scalp. Symptoms do not appear until there is a severe block in the arteries. Symptoms are:
• Bruit – a whooshing sound
• Transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke characterized by acute, sever headache, loss of balance, sudden weakness or numbness and trouble speaking
• Stroke that causes a long term brain damage
HOW IS CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Cardiologists diagnose carotid artery disease by evaluating medical history, physical exam and test results. During physical examination, the doctor listens to your heart for a whooshing sound. Tests for diagnosing the disease are carotid ultrasound, carotid angiography, magnetic resonance angiography and CT Angiography.
HOW IS CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE TREATED?
The treatment for Carotid artery disease is based on the symptoms of the patient. Medicines prescribed by the health practitioner along with lifestyle modifications will help treat the situation. Surgery is recommended for symptomatic patients who have carotid artery narrowing greater than 70%. Surgery may or may not be of benefit for symptomatic patients whose narrowing is between 50% and 69%.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol are also at risk.