Symptoms of carotid artery disease aren’t always present. When symptoms do appear, they may be signs of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke. A TIA is the loss of blood flow to the brain that is temporary, lasting usually less than 24hrs. A stroke is the loss of blood flow to the brain that lasts long enough to kill a significant number of brain cells, resulting in permanent brain damage.
Symptoms of a TIA or stroke – and therefore, of carotid artery disease – can include:
Lack of strength or coordination an arm and/or leg on one side of the body that comes on suddenly
- Inability to move of an arm and/or leg on one side of the body
- Loss or decrease in coordination or movement
- Disorientation, dizzy sensation, fainting, and/or headache
- Loss of feeling (numbness) in the face
- Loss of feeling (numbness) in an arm and/or leg
- Temporary blurred vision or loss of vision that is temporary
- Speech that is slurred or the loss of clear speech
- The key to overcoming a stroke or TIA is immediate treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 and seek treatment right away.