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Carotid Artery Disease

Symptoms and Signs of Carotid Artery Disease

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.

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